The Questa Musica orchestra will play George Handel’s Messiah oratorio at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on 20 April at 19.00.
The oratorio’s name means «The Anointed One» and the piece is about the story of Jesus Christ. The audience will witness the impressive scenes of Christ’s Birth, Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection.
The Messiah was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742. Handel played the oratorio in London more than once, each time revising the score. Some further revisions were later made by others, including W. A. Mozart, who tried to «modernize» the sound of the orchestra.
The Questa Musica company, directed by Philip Chizhevsky, one of the most prominent representatives of the Russian conductorial school, goes for authenticity in this interpretation of Handel’s Messiah. The orchestra will use musical instruments from Handel’s time, and the number of musicians will be in accordance with performance practices of the mid-18 th century. The Questa Musica orchestra, which includes young musicians — graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and the Popov Choral Academy, will be joined on the stage of the Conservatory’s Small Hall by international soloists, Emma McDermott (soprano, USA) and Daniel Keating-Roberts (counter tenor, UK).
The counter tenor Daniel Keating-Roberts is a rising star of British opera who studied opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won prizes from the Duchess of Munster Foundation and the Foyle Foundation, as well as the Guildhall Aria Award while still a student.
Daniel has starred in many opera concerts in the UK and sung the lead parts in Sergey Newski’s Franziscus at the Bolshoi Theatre and in Bolted at the Sound Festival in Scotland, as well as the world premiere of Peter Pan at Oper Stuttgart, and various performances by the English National Opera.
QUESTA MUSICA ENSEMBLE
Questa Musica Ensemble has quickly won praise from Russian and international audiences. The ensemble was formed a couple of years ago in Moscow.Its members are young and gifted, most of them graduates of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gnessin Russian Academy of Music and Moscow Academy of Choral Art. The collective owes its success to extraordinary skills of the musicians and well-selected repertoire.
Music that these talented young Russian artists play varies a lot. They perform both Russian and European classical music, secular and church compositions, Renaissance and Baroque music, works of contemporary composers, also spirituals, folk music and their own interpretations of instrumental compostitions.