The English Concert brings Handel’s 'Messiah' to life on stage in their latest collaboration with the Bristol Old Vic
Tom Morris director
Harry Bicket conductor/harpsichord
The English Concert
The Erebus Ensemble
Catherine-Wyn Rogers alto
Joshua Ellicott tenor
The Apostles are desolate at the loss of their charismatic leader, with their faith put to the ultimate test. Yet from the depths of such despair comes renewed conviction: theirs is a mission to redeem the world by sharing the news of Jesus’s life and death with all humanity. The Apostles’ conviction is matched by director Tom Morris, whose vision brings Handel’s Messiah to life on stage in our latest collaboration with the Bristol Old Vic.
Handel, the master of Italian opera, had turned his attention to English-language oratorio in the years preceding Messiah but had lost none of his dramatic skills. Indeed, Handel cast some of the best operatic voices of the generation and caused great controversy not only by recruiting a cathedral choir into his ‘club of fiddlers’ for the Dublin premiere, but by presenting such a sacred work in theatres upon his return to England, including its first performance at the Bristol Old Vic in 1782, something not repeated until recently.
Tickets: £40-£15 (plus booking fee)
£8 Standing Pit
A co-production between The English Concert and the Bristol Old Vic
Kindly supported by The John S Cohen Foundation