Handel’s Messiah - A Portland Tradition
FRI DEC 8 7:30PM
SAT DEC 9 7:30PM *
SUN DEC 10 3:00PM *
About three hours in length
MON DEC 11 7:30PM
About two hours in length
* Saturday and Sunday are sold out for online purchases. Call Monday-Friday for limited GA and single ticket purchases.
Messiah is arguably the most-performed work in all of musical history, and with good reason. As reported in Opera News in May 2017, Paul Agnew will conduct and sing the tenor role in this year’s production, adding another dimension to the Messiah experience.
Meet The Artists
Paul Agnew is in continuous demand as an outstanding interpreter of the baroque and pre-classical repertoire. His long association with the world’s leading conductors in the field of early music includes a discography of over one hundred recordings. Born in Glasgow, he was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford before embarking on an acclaimed vocal career that has taken him throughout the world.
His transition to a conducting career began following a highly successful debut with Les Arts Florissants in Paris in 2007, when William Christie appointed him Joint Musical Director of the orchestra; he has since gone on to lead the orchestra on tour to major venues such as the Wiener Konzerthaus; throughout France; and to Salzburg, China, and Lincoln Center in New York City. He made his London debut as conductor with the same ensemble at the Barbican as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations. Paul Agnew succeeded Christophe Rousset as Music Director of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes Baroque in 2009 and he is actively engaged in the training and preparation of the next generation of specialist instrumentalists. Paul Agnew is also the co-director of the academy for young singers, Le Jardin des Voix. He has conducted performances of Messiah for Le Concert d’Astrée and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Handel’s La Resurrezione at the Atelier of the Opéra national de Paris. He made his opera conducting debut with Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor at the Opéra de Rennes.
As Joint Musical Director of Les Arts Florissants, he continues to present the complete cycle of Monteverdi Madrigals in concert. Spread over nearly 100 concerts, this monumental project continues into 2017/18. The first recording to have come from the project, entitled “Mantova” (released on the Les Arts Florissants label) received high critical acclaim. The Guardian gave 4 stars to the second recording “Cremona”, and Gramophone magazine selected it for the “Editor’s choice” of its July 2016 issue. The CD has been also awarded the “Choc du mois” by the specialized music magazine Classica. Volume three, “Venezia”, was released in February 2017 and represents the completion of the project.
Agnew’s comprehensive discography includes “Lamentazione” – on which he conducts Les Arts Florissants choir in works by Scarlatti and Caldara for Virgin, “The Food of Love – songs by Purcell” for Ambroisie, Sally Beamish’s In Dreaming for Virgin Classics, Rameau’s Dardanus for ABC, and Dowland songs for Metronome. On DVD, his performances include Les Boréades and Les Indes galantes on Opus Arte, Lully’s Armide, the Bach B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion, and his celebrated performance as Platée on TDK.
Jakub Józef Orliński
Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, Grand Finals winner of the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and winner of the 2015 Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a singer of striking vocal beauty and daring stage craft.
In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Orliński will make his house and role debut at Oper Frankfurt as Handel’s Rinaldo, and will join Festival d’Aix-en-Provence on tour to sing the role of Orimeno in Cavalli’s Erismena at the Château De Versailles and Festival de Saint-Denis. Concert appearances include a tour of Handel’s Rinaldo as Eustazio with The English Concert led by Harry Bicket, a performance of Vivaldi’s music with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and Handel’s Messiah with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He will make his Wigmore Hall recital debut in the summer of 2018.
Mr. Orliński has performed with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Houston Symphony, Musica Sacra, and Oratorio Society of New York. His engagements have taken him to Carnegie Hall, Karlsruhe Handel Festival, and Leipzig Opera House.
Mr. Orlińsi earned his Master’s degree in vocal performance at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and his Graduate Diploma at The Juilliard School. In his spare time, he enjoys breakdancing, in addition to other styles of dance. Jakub Józef Orliński is an exclusive Erato/Warner Classics recording artist.
Christine Taylor Price
Soprano Christine Taylor Price earned her Masters degree in vocal performance at The Juilliard School, and is now a second year Artist Diploma candidate in Opera Studies. In 2017, she performed Serpetta in Juilliard’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera and made her Opera Columbus debut singing the role of the Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Ms. Price also performed Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Opera in Williamsburg as well as the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony under Maestro Edward Gardner at The Juilliard School. In 2016, she sang Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, was a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was a featured soloist in a gala performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the baton of Maestro Alan Gilbert. Also that season, Miss Price made her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. In 2015, she performed Lucien in The Ghosts of Versailles, and covered the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist. Christine has been featured in masterclasses with Joyce DiDonato, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Fabio Luisi.
Bass Alex Rosen, a native of La Cañada, CA, is a second year candidate for the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies at the Juilliard School, studying with Edith Wiens. Prior to his arrival in New York, he was twice a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera and a Fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute. With Juilliard415, he sang under William Christie, in concerts including excerpts from the operas of Rameau and Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate. With the Juilliard Orchestra, he sang as the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and the role of Dikoj in Juilliard’s production of Kát’a Kabanová. This season at Juilliard, he will sing the roles of Sir John Falstaff in Die Lustige Weiber von Windsor, and Thésée in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie. Additionally, this season, he will sing Handel’s Messiah with Portland Baroque Orchestra and Houston Symphony Orchestra, the role of Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Cincinnati Opera, and Haydn’s Creation and Händel’s Acis and Galatea with Les Arts Florissants.
Its performances “like jeweled light flooding the space” (Los Angeles Times), Cappella Romana is a vocal chamber ensemble dedicated to combining passion with scholarship in its exploration of the musical traditions of the Christian East and West, with emphasis on early and contemporary music. Cappella Romana’s name refers to the medieval Greek concept of the Roman oikoumene (inhabited world), which embraced Rome and Western Europe, as well as the Byzantine Empire of Constantinople (“New Rome”) and its Slavic commonwealth.
Founded in 1991 by music director Alexander Lingas, Cappella Romana presents a robust annual concert series in Portland and Seattle, and is regularly engaged by Portland Baroque Orchestra as its principal chorus, and by the Seattle Symphony for special projects. It frequently tours in Europe and North America, having recently made its second appearance at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, the largest event of its kind in the world, two tours to the Festival of Wallonia in Belgium, and in Germany for the 600th Anniversary of the Council of Konstanz.
Its most recent tour in Europe featured a program of music for the Rite of Hagia Sophia at the Iaşi Byzantine Chant Festival in Romania, and will appear in the Orientale Lumen Festival in Budapest, Hungary, in June 2018.
The ensemble has released over 20 compact discs, including two recent titles that debuted in the top 10 Classical Recordings on Billboard.
Since 2010 Cappella Romana has been a participant in the research project “Icons of Sound: Aesthetics and Acoustics of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul” at Stanford University. The ensemble’s next recording, made at Stanford, will feature medieval Byzantine chant from Hagia Sophia imprinted with the acoustics of that great cathedral.