Messiah from English National Opera

Author: BBC Studios / Wales

English National Opera perform Messiah in lockdown from the stunning London Coliseum.

  • Messiah with ENO | Copyright: © Tristram Kenton

    Messiah with ENO © Tristram Kenton

Handel’s much-loved masterpiece comes from the stunning London Coliseum, in a version created by English National Opera specially for audiences at home.

Petroc Trelawny and saxophonist-composer YolanDa Brown present this imaginatively staged, socially distanced production of Messiah, featuring the famous 'Hallelujah' chorus, with the ENO Chorus and Orchestra and a stellar lineup of some of opera’s most exciting talent. Celebrated soloists countertenor Iestyn Davies, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice, and charismatic soprano Nadine Benjamin, are joined by rising stars Anthony Gregory, Nardus Williams, John Findon, William Thomas and Benson Wilson and the conductor is renowned Handel expert Laurence Cummings.

Although now more commonly performed at Christmas, Handel wrote Messiah as an Easter work and its themes of hope and rebirth after dark times resonate strongly as we emerge from lockdown.

English title Messiah from English National Opera
Recording location The Coliseum, London
Duration 60 minutes
Production year 2021
Executive Producer Paul Bullock
Production Company BBC Studios
Co-Production Company English National Opera



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