Rinaldo Alessandrini conductor
Sara Macliver soprano
Joslyn Rechter mezzo-soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Salvo Vitale bass
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742 – a performance so packed that ladies’ hooped skirts and gentlemen’s swords had to be banned – Messiah has remained Handel’s most well-loved and frequently performed work.
While most audiences would be familiar with the strident refrains of the Hallelujah Chorus, many may not be acquainted with the larger work from which it originated.
This popular annual concert is the perfect way to welcome in the festive season, and in 2017, Handel’s masterpiece will be conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini whose no-holds-barred approach to invigorating Baroque music has won him plaudits across the world.
Alessandrini has worked extensively in Italy and internationally with some of the most respected orchestras and classical musical ensembles. Get your 2017 festive season off to a flying start and join in the festive spirit, with Handel’s Messiah!
Pre-concert talk: Join Jonathan Grieves-Smith, previous MSO Chorus Master, for a pre-concert talk at 5.45pm on Saturday 9 December, and at 3.45pm on Sunday 10 December, both on stage in the Hamer Hall auditorium.
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 20-minute interval