Project Messiah

In 2018 Catrin Wyn-Davies, one of the singing teachers in the Vocal Department, who has a background as opera singer and stage director, wrote a show that mixes the music of Händel’s well known Messiah with his much lesser known oratorios La Resurrezione and Brockes Passion. The story line is a parallel story of Jesus’ persecution and death with that of a Young Man, who finds a cure for a pandemic which is killing the world, and his struggle with big drugcompanies who want to develop their own vaccine for huge profits.

With hindsight, this feels quite strange and forboding. Nobody could have imagined that this would now be very much the world of today and how this story-line has now an unforeseen urgency.

The performance links the skills of singing Händel’s wonderful and often challenging music in English, Italian and German, as Messiah, La Resurrezione and Brockes Passion all have such a different feel to them. It also forces the singers to rethink well-known arias in a very different context. It marries stylised movement, acting skills, creating believable, strong and sympathetic characters onstage and it demands a huge imagination of the singers involved. These skill sets are all very different from singing these pieces in the usual setting.

The singers work with piano, by one of our most experienced coach pianists Phyllis Ferwerda, and a small instrumental ensemble of students from our Classical Music Department, led by one of our conducting students.

Photo: Alex Schröder

Details

Date

Fri 27 November 2020 19.00

Location

Arnold Schönbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we unfortunately have no public seats available at this time. More info

Date

Sat 28 November 2020 15.00

Location

Arnold Schönbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire

More info

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we unfortunately have no public seats available at this time. More info