OCM presents Handel’s Messiah on December 8

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

A holiday classic for the whole family

Available online from December 8 to 22

The Orchestre classique de Montréal is proud to continue a long-standing annual tradition with its presentation of Handel’s beloved masterpiece on Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. in a special online concert, following current health and safety guidelines.Broadcast live from St. Joseph’s Oratory, the performance will feature an outstanding cast of talented singers and is sure to get music lovers into the holiday spirit! The concert will be available for viewing online until December 22nd.

Conductor Boris Brott and the musicians of the Orchestre classique de MontrĂ©al will be joined by soprano Elizabeth Polese, mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb, tenor Marcel d’Entremont and baritone Hugo Laporte. Professional vocal ensemble Les Rugissants will take to the stage along with conductor Xavier Brossard-MĂ©nard, who will lead the first part of the concert under the auspices of a mentorship with Maestro Brott.

Elizabeth Polese is a recent graduate of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and a winner of the 2019 Sullivan Foundation award. The Globe & Mail described her as “powerful and engaging” while Opera Canada has praised her as “sparkling,” “delightful,” with “power to spare.”

Tunisian-born Montreal singer Rihab Chaieb was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Program. In the fall of 2018, shetook home third prize in the Operalia world opera competition in Lisbon, founded by Plácido Domingo. Since then, Rihab has made a number of major debuts, establishing herself as a rising star in the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire.

QuĂ©bec baritone Hugo Laporte is renowned for his elegant style, velvet timbre and charismatic stage presence. The winner of several competitions, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2014 OSM Manulife Competition. More recently, he received the Teatro alla Scala prize at the Vienna‑based Belvedere Competition and will make his debut at La Scala in Milan in 2023.

Born in Merigomish, Nova Scotia, Marcel d’Entremont is the recipient of the Portia White Prize, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s top award. In November 2018, he also received McGill University’s Wirth Vocal Prize, Canada’s largest music scholarship.

Handel’s Messiah

Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. (available on demand until December 22)

Orchestre classique de Montréal

Elizabeth Polese, soprano

Rihab Chaieb, mezzo-soprano

Marcel d’Entremont, tenor

Hugo Laporte, baritone

Les Rugissants vocal ensemble (Xavier Brossard-MĂ©nard, conductor)

Boris Brott, conductor

Xavier Brossard-MĂ©nard, guest conductor

Tickets: $15 | Online at orchestre.ca

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