Watch Bristol Old Vic’s acclaimed production of Messiah
This dramatised production of Messiah is staged by Bristol Old Vic’s Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Tom Morris with design by Anna Orton. It features internationally-renowned soloists Catherine Wyn Rogers and Julia Doyle, The Erebus Ensemble and Europe’s most celebrated Baroque orchestra The English Concert, under the revered baton of Conductor Harry Bicket. Jamie Beddard performs the central non-speaking role of The Beloved.
Recorded in April 2017, the production received critical acclaim. Positioned between opera and theatre, this powerfully accessible interpretation of Handel’s seminal work explores the drama and struggle of faith, showing a bereaved community whose grief at the loss of their leader is transformed into hope through a narrative of resurrection. Inspired by early performances of the work, which were staged in theatres and concert halls rather than churches, including its first performance at Bristol Old Vic in 1782, it is a rare treat for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.
It is streaming for free until 9.30 pm on Sunday evening here. If you are able, do watch it – it comes highly recommended!