A Musical Feast: Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

- November 11, 2011

"It’s that time of year again – Handel’s Messiah..."

It’s that time of year again – Handel’s Messiah and The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. For me, it is always the start of the season, whatever season you celebrate and this year is no exception. The Symphony has lined up another stellar array of guest artists to join its Music Director Steven Smith and Choral Director Linda Raney’s fine chorus to present this masterwork.

The guest artists joining the festivities this year are: Devon Guthrie, soprano; Lucia Cervoni, mezzo-soprano; Jorge Prego, tenor and Bradley Ellingboe, bass-baritone.

Soprano Devon Guthrie, a quickly rising star in the opera world, will be making her debut with the English National Opera as Susanna in the Marriage of Figaro and has covered the role of Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at The Metropolitan Opera and, recently, sang a role in The Cunning Little Vixen with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Canadian opera singing sensation Lucia Cervoni, who joins this year’s roster of guest artists, debuts this season at Germany’s Theater Magdeburg in the roles of Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Hoffmans Erzählungen, Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Suzuki in a new production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

A Santa Fe Opera apprentice in 2009, Spanish tenor Jorge Prego has recently appeared as Mozart in Rimsky Korsakoff’s Mozart and Salieri, Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, and Aronne in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto for Chicago Opera Theater and has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Bass-baritone Bradley Ellingboe has a wide-ranging career as a choral conductor, soloist, composer, scholar and teacher. He has over 110 music works in print and, for his scholarly work in making the songs of Edvard Grieg more accessible to the English-speaking public, he was knighted by the King of Norway in 1994.

This ever-popular Lensic concert, on Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m. is sure to sell out, so get your tickets in advance. Ticket prices range from $20 to $70 and are available now through The Lensic or Symphony box office. Contact the Symphony at (505) 983-1414 or (800) 480-1319, or The Lensic Box Office at (505) 988-1234.

Images: Left - Lucia Cervoni, mezzo-soprano and right - Cervoni at Glimmerglass Opera, 2009