Australia’s Brandenburg Orchestra, the five time ARIA Award winning baroque orchestra, is opening their 2017 season with Handel’s Messiah. The world’s most performed baroque work is being played for the very first time by the Brandenburg in Sydney and Melbourne from 22 February 2017.
The Messiah was first performed almost 275 years ago in Dublin, where women were urged to wear dresses without hoops and men not to carry swords, so they could fit more people into the Musik Hall. It still fills recital halls around the globe and is a tradition for concertgoers across all ages.
Artistic Director Paul Dyer promises a Messiah like no other, having assembled an international soloist team, featuring Spanish Soprano, Greek Alto, American Tenor and Australian Bass. Paul commented “Over three years of planning, negotiating, crossing fingers and toes has resulted in one of the most magnificent seasons we have produced yet at the Brandenburg. We’ve got it all: old friends return, new friends join us and I get to tick something off the bucket list when I conduct Handel’s Messiah for the very first time. I can’t wait to share this very special season with you!”.
Paul added “Handel was the greatest composer that ever lived. I would uncover my head, and kneel before his tomb.” That’s what Beethoven said about Handel, the great master of the baroque and composer of what must surely be the world’s most performed concert work, the oratorio, Messiah. The iconic Hallelujah chorus is guaranteed to fill your hearts with joy. Who doesn’t experience an endorphin rush when they hear or perform it? The Messiah brings people such overwhelming pleasure and it is easy to understand its phenomenal popularity.”
Along with the Brandenburg Choir and Orchestra, featured soloists include Spanish soprano Lucía Martín-Cartón, winner of the Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition who toured Australia in 2015 as a guest artist with Les Arts Florissant.
Greek countertenor Nicholas Spanos, won Best Young Artist of the Year in Greece and his recording in the title role of Handel’s Tamerlano won the prestigious ECHO Klassik Award.
Sydney based, American tenor Kyle Bielfield is a Masters graduate of New York’s prestigious Juilliard School. His career covers classical and pop/electronic music as well as opera performances in the US and Canada.
Australian baritone David Greco, who recently returned to Sydney after eight years study and work in Europe, is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in The Netherlands. David has a long association with the Brandenburg, returning to Australia to perform as a soloist on numerous occasions. As a young singer, he was a member of the Brandenburg Choir.
Sydney: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place on 22 & 24 February plus 1, 3 & 4 March at 7pm with a Matinee on 4 March at 2pm.
Melbourne: Recital Centre on 25 February at 7pm & 26 February at 5pm.