Handel’s Messiah presented in the Crypt of the Saint-Joseph’s Oratory for the very first time!

Orchestre Classique de Montréal continues its 80th season with
Handel’s masterpiece, featuring four excellent soloists and a magnificent
choir, on Sunday, December 8th, at Saint-Joseph’s Oratory.
The first-ever performance of the Messiah in the Oratory’s reknowned
crypt: a historic moment to mark the start of the holiday season!

On this occasion, l’Orchestre Classique de Montréal welcomes soloists soprano Aline Kutan, mezzo-soprano Annamaria Popescu, tenor Zachary Rioux and baritone Gregory Dahl. Three choirs, representing approximately 60 singers, will also join forces to complete the ensemble: Les chantres musiciens, Les filles de l’île and the OCM’S Choir. That’s close to 90 artists brought together on stage to perform Handel’s classic oratorio!

For over 20 years, Armenian-Canadian soprano Aline
Kutan
has pursued a brilliant career on the world’s greatest stages,
performing both opera and recital. She has received several prizes and is
featured on a number of award-winning recordings. She also teaches at
Montreal’s Conservatoire de musique.

Born in Grand-Sault, New-Brunswick, Zachary Rioux is currently
Artist in Residence at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.
He is also a graduate of Toronto’s Glenn Gould School. In 2018, he was finalist
for L’Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique program and performed at the Gala
Talent. He was also part of IRCPA’s “Singing Stars: The Next Generation”
concert, for which he was awarded the Louis Quilico grant. A young tenor to
look out for!

Canadian-Romanian mezzo-soprano Annamaria
Popescu
has thrived on the greatest stages of Europe, Asia and North
America. She notably took part in 14 productions at the Teatro alla Scala
(Milan), which made her the most prominently featured Canadian singer by the
illustrious opera house. Both a teacher at McGill University’s Schulich School
of Music and a specialist of Italian and French repertoires, she gives master
classes in Italian interpretation and diction in many Canadian universities,
conservatories and opera workshops.

Canadian Baritone Gregory Dahl’s popularity in North America shows no sign of decline, as proven by his recent accomplishments: he has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, l’Opéra de Québec, the Canadian Opera Compagny, the Vancouver Opera, the Edmonton Opera, the Calgary Opera, the Kentucky Opera and l’Opéra de Montréal, where he recently performed in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Handel’s Messiah

Sunday, December 8th,
3:00pm

Saint-Joseph’s Oratory – 3800, Queen-Mary
(free parking)

Orchestre Classique de Montréal

Boris Brott, Conductor

Aline Kutan, Soprano

Annamaria Popescu, Mezzo-Soprano

Zachary Rioux, Tenor

Gregory Dahl, Baritone

Les Chantres Musiciens, Les Filles de L’île and OCM Chorus

Tichets: $10 — $60 |  Online at orchestre.ca or by phone at 514-487-5190

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