Handel’s Messiah


Past Performance

Messiah is arguably the most-performed work in all of musical history. Guest director and harpsichordist Desmond Earley leads PBO and Cappella Romana in Portland’s only annual production of this holiday tradition on period instruments. Guest soloists include Miriam Allan, soprano; Laura Beckel Thoreson, mezzo-soprano; Nils Neubert, tenor; William Gaunt, bass-baritone. Choose a full-length or highlights performance. Hallelujah!

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George Frideric Handel

  • Messiah, HWV 56
“This historically informed performance displayed an authenticity that I hadn’t experienced before with this popular masterpiece.” —Oregon ArtsWatch
The “sublime singing” (Gramophone, 2017) of Soprano Miriam Allan caused the Sydney Morning Herald to note “the vocal magic of the night…she took the audience’s breath away.”
Nils Neubert with his “smooth, pure tone and fine sense of phrasing” (The Classical Review) has been praised by for his “solid, graceful readings of the tenor arias” —The New York Times.
“Effortlessly smooth and mellifluous” (The Guardian) bass-baritone William Gaunt has been praised for his “absolutely gorgeous singing - object lessons in understatement and poise” (Gramophone).
Laura Thoreson is consistently praised as “one of the very best mezzo voices…in Portland.” (Northwest Reverb) and “one of the loveliest voices in the Northwest.” (Oregon ArtsWatch).

Program Sample

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There is no pre-concert talk.