Handel’s Messiah
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Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-152

Date & Times

8

Dec, 2020

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

9

Dec, 2020

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

10

Dec, 2020

Thursday, 7:30 PM

11

Dec, 2020

Friday, 11:00 AM

12

Dec, 2020

Saturday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Presented by Gary W. Parr

The Messiah of all Messiahs! The Philharmonic’s performance is the must-see, must-hear event and quintessential highpoint of the holiday season. Handel’s supreme masterpiece speaks to us with passion, beauty, spirituality, and joy. Dazzling solos, instrumental fireworks, and the most glorious choral writing of all time — including the stirring “Hallelujah” chorus — are guaranteed to thrill.

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Handel

Messiah

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Artists

Fabio Biondi

Conductor

Fabio Biondi

Conductor

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Conductor

Driven by a deep cultural curiosity, Fabio Biondi is a musician ceaselessly in pursuit of a style free from constraints. From his early development, guided by period performance pioneers, his work has incorporated repertoire spanning three centuries. His enthusiasm and determination to put music first mark him out in his quest for an “original language,” both in globally known works and in his commitment to researching and illuminating lesser-known masterpieces.

In 1990 Mr. Biondi founded Europa Galante, regarded as the foremost Italian period ensemble. It has a reputation for breathing new life into Baroque, classical, and early romantic repertoire, and performs at leading international festivals and venues. This season they bring staged performances of Handel’s Silla to China and Japan.

Mr. Biondi brings this authentic and engaging approach to modern symphony and chamber orchestras, which he both conducts and directs from the violin. Recent and future highlights include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, RAI Torino, NDR Radio Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.

This season, Mr. Biondi’s experience in and passion for opera takes him to the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden. As a violinist, he performs in recital across the world, including at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, and Paris’s Cité de la Musique.

His broad discography has earned numerous awards, including the Diapason d'Or de l’année and Choc de Musique. His recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons was named Disc of the Year by organizations in more than five countries, and his recent recording of Paganini’s Sonatas for Violin and Guitar was named Editor's Choice by Gramophone magazine and BBC Music Magazine.

Fabio Biondi has been an academician of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia since 2011; he was named an Officer of the National Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture (in 2015) and awarded the medal of Courage and Veracity by the Polish Government in recognition of outstanding cultural achievements (2019). He plays an Andrea Guarneri and a 1766 Carlo Ferdinando Gagliano, owned by his teacher, Salvatore Cicero, and kindly lent to him by the Salvatore Cicero Foundation in Palermo, where he was born.

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Liv Redpath

Soprano

Liv Redpath

Soprano

Liv Redpath

Soprano

Liv Redpath is one of today’s the most promising young soprano leggero on the opera and concert stage. During the 2019–20 season, she covers the role of Sophie in Robert Carsen’s production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at The Metropolitan Opera, conducted by Simon Rattle. She also sings her role debut as Salome in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista at Opera Omaha, directed by Christopher Alden and conducted by Stephen Stubbs. Her concert appearances include the role of Crobyle in Massenet’s Thaïs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted Andrew Davis (to be recorded for future release); Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Yaniv Dinur and the New Bedford Symphony; and Mozart’s Requiem with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Egarr. She rejoins the Bakken Trio in her native Minnesota for a concert of Boulanger’s Clairières dans le ciel, Fauré’s La Bonne chanson, and André Previn’s Four Songs.

Ms. Redpath has worked with conductors including Gustavo Dudamel, James Levine, William Christie, Christophe Rousset, James Conlon, Emmanuel Villaume, James Gaffigan, Xian Zhang, and Bramwell Tovey, as well as stage directors Francesca Zambello, Paul Curran, Ed Berkeley, James Robinson, Tim Albery, and Mark Lamos. Her past engagements include Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Edinburgh International Festival, Seattle Symphony, New York Festival of Song, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Aspen Music Festival. She has performed in venues ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. A graduate of Harvard University and The Juilliard School, Liv Redpath is a former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist with the Los Angeles Opera.

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Kate Lindsey

Mezzo-Soprano

Kate Lindsey

Mezzo-Soprano

Kate Lindsey

Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey appears in the 2019–20 season at Vienna Staatsoper in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and at The Metropolitan Opera as Nerone in Handel’s Agrippina; she also makes her debut as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande at Los Angeles Opera. She appears in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the John Wilson Orchestra in Korngold’s Tomorrow, and with the Berlin Philharmonic in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette led by Daniel Harding as part of Musikfest Berlin.

Highlights from former seasons include the title role of Miranda, after Purcell, in a new production at Paris’s Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique; Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival; Nerone in a new production of Monteverdi’s L´incoronazione di Poppea with William Christie at the Salzburg Festival; Sister Helen in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at Washington National Opera; Muse / Nicklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann at The Met, LA Opera, and Royal Opera, Covent Garden; and Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Vienna Staatsoper. Further engagements included Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’Étoile at The Royal Opera, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at Dutch National Opera, and Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Ms. Lindsey’s concert engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Met Chamber Orchestra, Cercle de l’Harmonie in Europe, and at the Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart festivals. She has been featured in The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts of The Tales of Hoffmann and Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and The Magic Flute. Her CD Follow Poet (featuring songs by Mohammed Farouz) was released by Deutsche Grammophon.

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John Matthew Myers

Tenor

John Matthew Myers

Tenor

John Matthew Myers

Tenor

Tenor John Matthew Myers has rapidly established himself as one of today’s exceptional young voices. He has collaborated with companies such as the Verbier Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and Los Angeles Opera, and he made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut in 2017 as Mao in John Adams’s Nixon in China conducted by the composer. Mr. Myers participated in the Gerdine Young Artist Program with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and he has advanced as a finalist in every competition he has entered, including The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, among others. Mr. Myers gave a recital at the Kennedy Center after winning Vocal Arts DC’s 2017 Art Song Competition.

Mr. Myers has regularly graced the country’s most venerable opera and concert stages, making his New York Philharmonic debut last season in the world premiere of David Lang’s fully-staged opera prisoner of the state, and returning to the Los Angeles Philharmonic to participate in a new production of John Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2. In the 2019–20 season, John Matthew Myers joins the roster of The Metropolitan Opera, covering productions of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades and Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Additional activities this season include Beethoven’s Mass in C major with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Reading Symphony, and a tour with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.

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Neal Davies

Bass-Baritone

Neal Davies

Bass-Baritone

Neal Davies

Bass-Baritone

Neal Davies studied at King’s College, London, and the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In the 2019–20 season he returns to Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin for Purcell’s King Arthur and appears in concert performances of Britten’s Peter Grimes, with the Bergen Philharmonic, and Curlew River, with the Britten Sinfonia. Other concert highlights include Walton’s Belshazzer’s Feast with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Antwerp Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Lucerne Symphony, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestre National de Lille, and Beethoven’s C-major Mass with Richard Armstrong and the São Paulo State Symphony.

Recent concert appearances include the Edinburgh Festival with Edward Gardner (Haydn’s Creation) and BBC Proms (Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem), with David Afkham and the Spanish National Orchestra, and with Maxime Pascal conducting the Hallé Orchestra. His 2018–19 season engagements included Les Violons du Roy and the New York Philharmonic (conducted by Jonathan Cohen), Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Music of the Baroque (Jane Glover), and The Philadelphia Orchestra (Bernard Labadie).

Mr. Davies’s expansive discography includes Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Christian Curnyn (BBC Music Magazine Award, 2019) and Messiah, Theodora, Saul, and Creation (Gramophone Award, 2008) with McCreesh; Janáček’s Jenůfa and Makropulos Case with Charles Mackerras; Barber’s Vanessa with Leonard Slatkin; Messiah with René Jacobs; the Hyperion Complete Schubert Edition with Graham Johnson; and Britten’s Billy Budd with Daniel Harding (Grammy Award, 2010). Neal Davies appears on the DVD of the Aix-en-Provence Festival production of Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, performed in Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh, and New York with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.

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Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director

Chorus

Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, director

Chorus

Chorus

The Concert Chorale of New York (CCNY) is a group of professional singers that has appeared at the Caramoor Festival, in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s production of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, and in Handel’s L’Allegro with the Mark Morris Dance Company. The chorale performed at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase and in Live From Lincoln Center’s Emmy-nominated A Salute to the American Musical. CCNY has appeared with American Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra of New York, and participated in the New York Premiere of Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in concert at Carnegie Hall. The ensemble appears regularly at the Mostly Mozart Festival, performing repertoire ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Bernstein and collaborating with Louis Langrée, Gianandrea Noseda, and Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. For the Lincoln Center Festival it appeared in Julie Taymor’s production of Eliot Goldenthal’s Grendl and Danny Elfman’s Music from the Movies of Tim Burton (the latter televised on Live From Lincoln Center). Last season, CCNY performed all of Bernstein’s choral works, including Chichester Psalms paired with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Bernstein’s MASS and Mozart’s Requiem at Mostly Mozart. The ensemble’s discography includes Kismet and Man of La Mancha with Paul Gemignani (CBS Records), Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs (Nonesuch), and recordings with the American Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra of New York. The men of the chorale were featured on a Pet Shop Boys recording (EMI). This season’s upcoming New York Philharmonic collaborations include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and John Adams’s Harmonium. The artistic administrator for the Chorale is Jacqueline Pierce.

James Bagwell maintains an active international schedule as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. In 2015 he was named associate conductor of The Orchestra Now while continuing his role as principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. From 2009 to 2015 he was music director of The Collegiate Chorale; highlights of his tenure include conducting rarely-performed operas in concert, including Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda, Rossini’s Moise et Pharaon, and Boito’s Mefistofele. He conducted the New York Premieres of Philip Glass’s Toltec Symphony and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana at Carnegie Hall, and trained choruses for the Boston Symphony, Mostly Mozart, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Budapest Festival, American Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras, and the Verbier and Salzburg Festivals. He has prepared choruses with conductors including Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Louis Langrée, Robert Shaw, and Leonard Slatkin. He is professor of music and director of performance studies at Bard College and Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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James Bagwell, director

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