It wouldn’t be Christmas time without a performance of Handel’s Messiah, and the Dunedin City Choir, alongside the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, certainly did the renowned work justice in their performance on Tuesday 10th December.
Featuring Rebecca Ryan (Soprano), Tessa Romano (Alto), Andrew Grenon (Tenor) and Joel Amosa (Bass), the performance was led by a strong team, who maintained a great sense of energy right through the massive work. All four soloists gave excellent performances, presenting outstanding vocal ability and engagement with the audience. Ryan’s aria, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion”, was particularly impressive; the lively tempo showcasing immense virtuosity.
The choir gave a high-quality performance, navigating the polyphonic textures with conviction, and effectively executing dynamic contrasts. While some of the tenor lines from the choir were occasionally lost, the overall performance of this complex choral work was of a high standard, with unwavering energy and conviction. The orchestra handled (or should I say Handel-ed) the massive work admirably, performing with clarity, accuracy, and energy, led by guest Concert Master Miranda Adams. The ensemble as a whole, conducted by David Burchell from the harpsichord, was cohesive and compelling, earning a standing ovation from the audience.
A wonderful evening which truly encapsulated the spirit of Christmas.
Review by Ihlara McIndoe