Handels choral masterpiece Messiah in Durban


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Don’t miss Handel’s glorious Messiah on Easter Sunday, 21 April, featuring the cream of SA’s talent and the KZNPO. Book at Computicket.Handel’s choral masterpiece, Messiah, is the world’s best-loved oratorio, attracting audiences the world over. It receives a triumphant Easter Sunday staging in The Playhouse Opera on 21 April 2019.

The production will be accompanied by KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Naum Rousine and directed by Ralph Lawson. This outstanding production features performances by some of South Africa’s leading opera singers, The Playhouse Chorale to the accompaniment of the KZN Philharmonic orchestra under Ralph Lawson brilliant direction; you can be assured of a truly exhilarating experience.

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The Messiah will feature popular soloists, Violina Anguelov (Mezzo soprano), Nozuko Teto (Soprano), Wayne Mkhize (Tenor), Justice Kubheka (Bass) as well as the 40-strong Playhouse Chorale and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Ralph Lawson.

The Messiah is an enormously popular English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel first performed in Dublin in April 1742. After what has been described as a ‘modest’ initial public reception, the oratorio has gained in popularity to the extent that it has become one of the best-known, best-loved and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

Highlights of this much-loved work include a wealth of evergreen choral items. Among these are the magnificent ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, along with equally splendid numbers such as ‘For Unto Us A Child Is Born’, ‘And The Glory of the Lord’ and many more, as well as benchmark solos such as ‘Every Valley’, ‘He Was Despised’, ‘I Know That My Redeemer Liveth’, ‘O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion’, ‘Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion’, ‘The Trumpet Shall Sound’ and ‘Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage Together’, to name but a few.

Booking for The Messiah is now open at Computicket outlets nationwide, and tickets can also be obtained from the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540/9596 for R120 and R140. Discounted block bookings can be made by calling Dawn on 031 369 9407 or e-mailing her on salescoordinator@playhousecompany.com.

Come and be a part of this tradition which features the world class KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor, Naum Rousine.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

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