Event Description

Don’t miss our acclaimed annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, featuring the full Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and this year led by our new Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. Included in the lineup this year, are guest soloists Mary Wilson, soprano; Daryl Freedman, mezzo-soprano; Josh Kohl, tenor; and Joseph Beutel, bass-baritone. First performed in 1742, this musical masterpiece by George Frideric Handel has become one of the world’s most beloved musical works and a musicale rite of the holiday season. This frequently sold out performance is our official start of the holidays here at The Santa Fe Symphony. After many years of sold-out Messiah performances, we continue to offer this baroque-era oratorio on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

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Concert Notes

“Yesterday Mr. Handel’s new Grand Sacred Oratorio, called, The MESSIAH, was rehearsed … to a most Grand, Polite and crouded Audience; and was performed so well, that it gave universal Satisfaction to all present; and was allowed by the greatest Judges to be the finest Composition of Musick that ever was heard, and the sacred Words as properly adapted for the occasion.”

So Faulkner’s “Dublin Journal” reported on April 10, 1742. The newspaper noted that the actual premiere performance of what would become one of the most popular works in the Western classical music canon would take place on April 13, for the benefit of several charities.

Mary Wilson Soprano

“Shining soprano Mary Wilson, a gift from the gods if I ever heard one…her singing was exquisite.” —San Francisco Classical Voice.

Soprano Mary Wilson is acknowledged as one of today’s most exciting young artists.  Cultivating a wide-ranging career singing chamber music, oratorio and operatic repertoire, her “bright soprano seems to know no terrors, wrapping itself seductively around every phrase.” (Dallas Morning News) Receiving consistent critical acclaim from coast to coast, “she proves why many in the opera world are heralding her as an emerging star. She is simply amazing, with a voice that induces goose bumps and a stage presence that is mesmerizing. She literally stole the spotlight…” (Arizona Daily Star) Read more . . .

Daryl Freedman Mezzo-soprano

Praised by Opera News for her “striking dark timbre” and “expansive, sumptuous” performances, mezzo-soprano Daryl Freedman is in her final season as a member of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. At Washington National Opera, Freedman sang the role of Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking and also Marcellina in the Emerging Artists performance of Le nozze di Figaro. She has also been seen at WNO as Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, Lili’uokalani in the world premiere of Better Gods, and as Rossweisse in Francesca Zambello’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen. Read more . . .


Josh Kohl Tenor

“…the strong, ringing, Italianate voice of the terrific Joshua Kohl as an Amleto who’s the archetypal angry young man of Italian opera.” —The Washington Post

American tenor Joshua Kohl has been praised for his “firm technique and dynamic phrasing (The Baltimore Sun) and for his “strong, ringing” tone (The Washington Post).  During the 2016-2017 season, this powerful and engaging artist was heard as Váňa Kudrjaš in Káťa Kabanová with Seattle Opera, as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Baltimore Concert Opera, as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with First Coast Opera, and as Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance with both Knoxville Opera and Fargo-Moorhead Opera. Concert performances include two engagements with the South Dakota Symphony: Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor. In August, he won Second Prize in Maryland Lyric Opera’s inaugural Vocal Competition. Read more . . .

Joseph Beutel Bass-Baritone

“An imposing bass-baritone,” as reviewed by Opera News, Joseph Beutel is often praised for his “deep well-rounded tone” and overall richness of voice and versatility on stage. He portrayed the roles of the Duke and Judge in Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès at Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, where he “burned up the stage … singing with gorgeous tone in a huge vocal range and with an actor’s command of language.” Other recent engagements have included Martinů’s Comedy on the Bridge and Alexandre Bis with Gotham Chamber Opera, Lamoral in The Santa Fe Opera’s production of Arabella, Der Kaiser von Atlantis with Opera Moderne in Vienna, Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles with Baltimore Concert Opera and Opera Delaware, and the high priest of Baal in Nabucco with Opera Naples. He originated the role of the British Major in the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts, premiered at Minnesota Opera. Beutel was the winner of a Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award in 2011.
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& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa


Mary Wilson

Guest Choral Director

Carmen Flórez-Mansi


Daryl Freedman


Joshua Kohl


Joseph Beutel


The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus

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