Handel's Messiah is arguably his best and most cherished oratorio, achieving near mythical status. Written in just 24 days, and using scripture for the base of the libretto, Messiah premiered on April 13, 1742 in Dublin as an Easter offering. While over the years it has become a Christmas favourite, we thought what better time to share this recording than in April.
In December 2019, the NAC Orchestra welcomed back Bernard Labadie and La Chapelle de Québec with a stellar cast of soloists including soprano Marie-Sophie Pollak, mezzo-soprano Avery Amereau, tenor Aaron Sheehan and bass-baritone Matthew Brook. The extraordinary ensemble singing of the choir, the beauty of the soloists' voices, and the superb playing by the NAC Orchestra made for two unforgettable performances. Experience this Messiah once again (or for the first time!), and don't forget to stand for the Hallelujah Chorus.