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Messias 
														(Copyright © David Baker)
THE BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL AND BERGEN NATIONAL OPERA PRESENT
Messiah

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. Choir master 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

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 choir master



Malin Christensson soprano

Renata Pokupic mezzo-soprano

Pierre Derhet tenor

Callum Thorpe bass



Performed in English. Surtitled in Norwegian.



Presented by the Bergen International Festival and Bergen National Opera

Produced by the Bergen National Opera



Supported by Herman Friele

Sponsored by Dagens Næringsliv


FARES
Full price490.00  
With Festival Card 
   Tickets345.00415.00
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Under 30 years150.00  
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