music
Auditorium
December
sun83 p.m.

Associate artistes and ensemble

Tarif A de 5,50€ à 57€

Timing 2 hrs. (approximately)

One step beyond

  • The Opera at your door
    DECEMBER
    Sun. 8 at 3 p.m.

The Messiah
Händel

LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE

CHOIR OF LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE

 

CONDUCTOR Emmanuelle Haïm

SOPRANO Lucy Crowe

COUNTERTENOR Tim Mead

TENOR Andrew Staples

BASS Christopher Purves

 

A few days early, the Dijon Opera offers you a beautiful Christmas present: Händel’s Messiah interpreted by one of the composer’s leading specialists: Le Concert d’Astrée.

The date was set in December 2009 to hear in Dijon the renowned Händel specialist in the composer’s most celebrated score. But a last-minute detainment forced Emmanuelle Haïm to cede her place in extremis to Paul Agnew. The Dijon Opera and the conductor thereafter made the promise to find a new date. The most widely sung “Hallelujah” in the world will therefore reverberate once again in the Auditorium, with a dream cast: Lucy Crowe, the Dorinda in 2010’s Orlando, Tim Mead, Otton in Agrippina and the L’incoronazione di Poppea, Andrew Staples and Christopher Purves devote their talents to this work that never ceases to fascinate and excite. Here it is not the Christ suffering but the Christ in full glory that Händel sets to music. The frontiers between religious music and opera dissolve; the science, the finesse, the originality and the prodigious efficiency of the composer to make palpable the emotions serve here to give expression to the inexpressible and the miraculous: resurrection and redemption. With this time a protagonist little present in his operas: the choir, in all its majesty and power, which by itself lays claim to 20 of the 52 numbers in the score, in which Händel surpasses himself as never before. Do not hesitate: take part in this musical and vocal festivity that for 271 years has brought audiences to their feet (a tradition maintained across the Channel), a courtesy performed by the King himself at its premiere in London. And pay grace… to Händel!