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  • Engen 1, Bergen
  • 55 21 61 30
  • May 31, 2017 - June 3, 2017
  •  /  7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • (4 Upcoming Dates)

Handel's great masterpiece brought to life by video artist Netia Jones, the Baroque Soloists and conductor Bjarte Eike. Messiah by George Frideric Handel was first performed in Dublin in the spring of 1742. After a rather modest reception in London, the work was eventually regarded as a triumph and has become one of the Western world's most performed and loved choral works. Messiah was one of Handel's own favourites. He conducted the oratorio himself a number of times, often adapting it to the occasion. Handel experts Malcolm Bruno and Caroline Ritchie are now completing the first published edition of the authentic original Messiah, which will premiere at the 2017 Bergen International Festival in collaboration with Bergen National Opera. Here Messiah will be presented as first conceived, as an operatic entertainment, with all the extended, virtuosic arias that reveal the operatic feel of the 1740s London stage. The Bergen International Festival and Bergen National Opera present the premiere performance, created by director, designer and video artist Netia Jones, known for her originals stagings of classical works. Four outstanding sololists, the early music ensemble Baroque Soloists and the vocal ensembles Edvard Grieg Choir and Cathedra are led by Bjarte Eike. Associate music director Michael McCarthy is director of music at Washington National Cathedral and known for his association with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. "… the greatest composer that ever lived …" – LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN ON GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685–1743) Messiah, HWV 56 Scenic oratorio in 3 parts Messias 1741, published by Malcolm Bruno and Caroline Ritchie, with permission from Breitkopf & Härtel Edited by Malcolm Bruno Excerpts from King James Bible and The Common Book of Prayer, edited by Charles Jennens Netia Jones direction, design and video Baroque Soloists Bjarte Eike conductor Edvard Grieg Choir Cathedra Michael McCarthy associate music director  Kateryna Kasper soprano Renata Pokupic mezzo-soprano Pierre Derhet tenor Callum Thorpe bass Performed in English. Surtitled in Norwegian. There will be a 20 minute interval approx. 45 minutes into the performance. Produced by the Bergen National Opera

Supported by Herman Friele Sponsored by Dagens Næringsliv

  • Last Updated: 05/23/2017
  • Source: Bergen Reiselivslag
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