Classical Opera brings its trademark freshness, vitality and dramatic flair to Handel’s most popular masterpiece, filling the stage of Middle Temple Hall with an outstanding ensemble of singers and instrumentalists.
Premiéred in Dublin in 1742, Messiah received its first London performance a year later. After an initially lukewarm reception it grew in popularity during Handel’s final years, and it now enjoys a position as one of the most famous and frequently performed choral works in Western music, containing a succession of memorable arias and thrilling choruses.
“Then shall the eyes of the blind be open’d,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap as an hart,
and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.”
Louise Alder, Helen Sherman, Benjamin Hulett, Darren Jeffery