Handel’s Messiah from English National Opera – 3 April 2021 – 3/4/2021 – Saturday – BBC Two
Handel’s much-loved masterpiece comes from the stunning London Coliseum in a version created by English National Opera specially for audiences at home.
Petroc Trelawny and saxophonist-composer YolanDa Brown present this imaginatively staged, socially distanced production of Messiah, featuring the famous Hallelujah chorus, with the ENO Chorus and Orchestra and a stellar lineup of some of opera’s most exciting talent. Celebrated soloists including countertenor Iestyn Davies, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice and charismatic soprano Nadine Benjamin are joined by rising stars Anthony Gregory, Nardus Williams, John Findon, William Thomas and Benson Wilson, while the conductor is renowned Handel expert Laurence Cummings.
Although now more commonly performed at Christmas, Handel wrote Messiah as an Easter work, and its themes of hope and rebirth after dark times resonate strongly as we emerge from lockdown.
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