Event Description

Saturday, November 17, 2018―7:00 pm Sunday, November 18, 2018―4:00 pm
The Lensic Don’t miss our acclaimed annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, featuring the full Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus  led by Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. Included in the lineup this year, are guest soloists Hailey Clark, soprano; Daryl Freedman, mezzo-soprano; John Tiranno, 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. After many years of sold-out Messiah performances, we continue to offer this baroque-era oratorio on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to join us for a FREE preview talk one hour before the concerts.
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Concert Notes

In the latter part of his career, the music of George Frideric Handel had become less fashionable and his financial straits dire. Nonetheless, in 1741, he was invited to compose works for a series of concerts in Dublin, Ireland. This series culminated in the first performance of Messiah, in spring 1742.

Handel wrote for both the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England, but was primarily a composer of music for the court and the operatic stage. Handel turned to writing oratorios because England’s opera-going public had lost its taste for the Italianate operas he had composed for decades, and he had to make a living. The religious sentiment of mid–18th-century England, however, was steeped in the restrictive and solemn piety of the traditional liturgy. In recognition of this, Handel advertised the first performance of Messiah as “A Sacred Oratorio” rather than openly publicize his dramatic setting of the story of Christ.

Hailey Clark Soprano

Hailed by OPERA NEWS for her “warm” and “effortless” soprano and widely recognized for her dynamic interpretations, American lyric soprano Hailey Clark is quickly making her mark in both Europe and North America. She is the winner of the Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis (Austrian Music Theater Prize in Opera) in the category of ‘Best Female Leading Role’ for her performance as Alma Beers in Brokeback Mountain (2016) at the Salzburger Landestheater.

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 . . .


John Tiranno Tenor

Tenor John Tiranno has had his singing called “ardent and mellifluous” by The New York Times. Notable past performances include Berlioz’s Requiem (La Jolla Symphony & Chorus), Richard Strauss’ Deutsche Motette (Musica Sacra), Saint-Saëns Requiem (Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra), Mozart’s Missa in C (at Auditório Ibirapuera in São Paolo, Brazil), creating the role Trouble in Gisle Kverndokk’s Max and Moritz (New York Opera Society), Bach’s B minor Mass and the U.S. premiere of Juraj Filas’ Oratio Spei – Requiem (Sacred Music in a Sacred Space), Handel’s Messiah (Dayton Philharmonic), Paul Moravec’s The Blizzard Voices (Oratorio Society of New York), and recitals at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Jedda, Saudi Arabia.


Joseph Beutel Bass-Baritone

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. Read more …

& Musicians

Principal Conductor

Guillermo Figueroa

Choral Director

Carmen Flórez-Mansi


The Santa Fe Symphony Chorus

Meet The Composers