Handel's Messiah

The New York Philharmonic

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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$42-276

Duration

2 hours & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

17

Dec, 2019

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

18

Dec, 2019

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

19

Dec, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM

20

Dec, 2019

Friday, 2:00 PM

21

Dec, 2019

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Presented by Gary W. Parr

Dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing make Handel’s Messiah the Philharmonic’s most beloved holiday tradition. This year Baroque master Harry Bicket leads all forces in the Messiah of Messiahs, the quintessential musical crown of the season.

Program To Include

Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Harry Bicket

Conductor

Harry Bicket

Conductor

Harry Bicket

Conductor

Internationally renowned as an opera and concert conductor of distinction, Harry Bicket is especially noted for his interpretation of Baroque and classical repertoire, and in 2007 became artistic director of The English Concert, one of the UK’s finest period orchestras. He became chief conductor of Santa Fe Opera in 2013, and in 2018 assumed became music director. Productions he has led at Santa Fe in recent seasons have included Beethoven’s Fidelio, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Handel’s Alcina, and Bernstein’s Candide. Born in Liverpool, he studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University.

His plans for the 2018–19 season include returns to The Metropolitan Opera (for Mozart’s The Magic Flute)Lyric Opera of Chicago (Handel’s Ariodante), The Cleveland Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera (Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Renée Fleming)Prague Philharmonia (Beethoven’s The Creatures of Prometheus), and, while in Chicago, Music of the Baroque. Plans with The English Concert include Mr. Bicket’s own arrangements of Mozart works for mechanical clockwork organ, J.S. Bach Cantatas for Advent, and Wayne Eagling’s Remembrance ballet, set to Handel’s Ode to St Cecilia’s Day, at English National Ballet. The English Concert continues its Handel opera series with performances of Semele in Europe and the US, including at Paris’s Théâtre des Champs Elysées, London’s Barbican Centre, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Highlights of recent seasons include acclaimed productions in the US and Canada for Lyric Opera of Chicago (Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Rinaldo), Santa Fe Opera (Candide, Alcina, Fidelio), Houston Grand Opera (Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Dvořák’s Rusalka), Canadian Opera Company (Rossini’s Maometto II, Handel’s Hercules), and The Metropolitan Opera (The Marriage of Figaro, Handel’s Rodelinda, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, Handel’s Giulio Cesare). He also appeared as guest conductor with The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (including at the Cincinnati May Festival), Los Angeles Philharmonic,  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has also led masterclasses with The Juilliard School. In December 2019 he will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Handel’s Messiah.

 

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Louise Alder

Soprano

Louise Alder

Soprano

Louise Alder

Soprano

Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. In the 2019–20 season she returns to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Bavarian Staatsoper, as Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio; and the Glyndebourne Festival, as Ann Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. She also makes debuts with San Francisco Opera, in the title role of Handel’s Partenope, and with English National Opera, as Susanna in a new production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

In concert, in addition to Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and Harry Bicket, she sings Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and John Eliot Gardiner, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tokyo Philharmonic and Jonathan Nott, Mozart arias at Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and the title role in Handel’s Theodora at the Vienna Konzerthaus with Arcangelo and Jonathan Cohen.

In recital, Louise Alder appears at the BBC Proms with Joseph Middleton, London’s Wigmore Hall with both Joseph Middleton and James Baillieu, the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Fundación Privada Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona with Sholto Kynoch.

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Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

Iestyn Davies

Countertenor

After graduating from St John’s College, Cambridge, countertenor Iestyn Davies studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His honors include a 2017 Olivier Award nomination for Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance, which ran in London’s West End and on Broadway.

On the opera stage Mr. Davies has appeared at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; English National Opera; Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; The Metropolitan Opera; Chicago Lyric Opera; and houses in Munich, Vienna, and Zurich. Recent highlights include returns to the Bavarian Staatsoper (as Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina), The Metropolitan Opera (Terry in Nico Muhly’s Marnie), and Lyric Opera of Chicago (Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante).

In 2019–20 he reprises the role of Ottone at the Royal Opera and The Met. In concert, he joins not only the New York Philharmonic and Harry Bicket for Handel’s Messiah, but also Fretwork for a US tour, Laurence Cummings and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Bucharest for Gluck’s Orfeo, Emmanuelle Haïm and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for Bach’s St. John Passion, and the Britten Sinfonia for the world premiere of Tim Watts’s A World in the Moone.

A committed recitalist, Iestyn Davies is a regular guest at Carnegie Hall, and he has curated residencies at London’s Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall in the UK. In September, Mr. Davies celebrated his 40th birthday with a special concert at Wigmore Hall, which presented him with its Gold Medal. Other honors include the Gramophone Recital Award, which he received twice, the Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award in 2017, for his Bach disc with Arcangelo led by Jonathan Cohen, and an MBE for his services to music.

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Joshua Ellicott

Tenor

Joshua Ellicott

Tenor

Joshua Ellicott

Tenor

Tenor Joshua Ellicott performs a wide range of repertoire — from song to opera to concert — with an array of conductors and ensembles. Recent highlights include the role of Tempo in Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth in a new production at Royal Danish Opera, the UK premiere of George Walker’s Lilacs with the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgårds, the Evangelist in a staged production of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion at Teatro Arriaga in Spain, a new work by Stuart MacRae and Britten’s Canticle No. 5 at the Lammermuir Festival, Patrick Hawes’s The Great War Symphony at Classic FM Live, a tour of Handel’s Messiah with The King’s Consort, and Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Dunedin Consort in Cremona and at the Rheingau Musik Festival.

Song is another important feature of Mr. Ellicott’s artistry. One of the greatest successes of recent years has been a program devised around the World War I letters of his Great Uncle Jack.

This season Mr. Ellicott sings Britten’s Serenade with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus for the second time with Capella Cracoviensis, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Latvijas Koncerti, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and a tour with The English Concert.

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Dashon Burton

Bass-Baritone

Dashon Burton

Bass-Baritone

Dashon Burton

Bass-Baritone

Bass-baritone Dashon Burton has established a vibrant career in opera, recital, and with orchestra. He is a frequent guest with the major orchestras of the United States in key elements of his repertoire, including J.S. Bach’s passions and Mass in B minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’s A German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem.

Mr. Burton’s 2019–20 season began with returns to the Carmel Bach Festival and the Salzburg Festival. He sings in the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s The Listeners (in a role written for him), with the Philharmonia Baroque led by Nicholas McGegan, and with Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony, where Mr. Burton also sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He sings Michael Tilson Thomas’s Rilke Songs with The Cleveland Orchestra, with which he appears regularly, led by the composer. He reunites with Mr. Tilson Thomas at the San Francisco Symphony in May 2020 and returns to the National Arts Centre Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem. He sang Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Salzburg Festival, led by Franz Welser-Möst in a production by Romeo Castelluci. He appears in the Bay Area throughout 2019–20 for the second year of a multi-season stint as a San Francisco Performances resident artist.

Dashon Burton’s album Songs of Struggle and Redemption: We Shall Overcome was selected by The New York Times as one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2016. He is an original member of the groundbreaking vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, with which he won a Grammy for its recording of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Partita for 8 Voices.

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Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Harry Christophers, director

Chorus

Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Harry Christophers, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Handel and Haydn Society (H+H) is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a nine-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues, in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of artistic director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to thousands of children each year through in-school music instruction and the Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.

Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States; it is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growing American city. They named the organization after two composers — Handel and Haydn — to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of major works including Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation (1819), and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.

In addition to its concerts and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings that include the critically-acclaimed release of Haydn’s The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel’s Messiah, recorded live under Christophers’s direction.

 

Since his appointment as artistic director of the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H), Harry Christophers and H+H have enjoyed an ambitious artistic journey including showcases of works that the organization has premiered in the United States since 1815 as well as broad education programming, community partnerships, concerts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tanglewood, and a series of recordings on the CORO label.

Mr. Christophers is known internationally as founder and conductor of the British choir and period-instrument ensemble The Sixteen, which he has directed throughout Europe, America, Australia, and Asia, gaining a distinguished reputation for his work in Renaissance, Baroque, and 20th- and 21st-century music. In 2000 he instituted The Choral Pilgrimage, a tour of British cathedrals from York to Canterbury.

In October 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctor of music Degree from the University of Leicester. He is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and of the Royal Welsh Academy for Music and Drama, and he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honors.

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