Designed specifically to appeal to both lovers of classical music, and those who are new to the artform, Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on 6 Dec 2022 will launch a new style classical music concert experience. This first work is centred on one of the most famous works ever written and the most chosen piece of music ever on Desert Island Discs – Handel’s Messiah.
With world-class musicians and innovative and imaginative lighting design, visual effects, choreography and staging, the event promises to immerse audiences in a powerful and theatrical new setting for Handel’s much-loved musical telling of the story of Christ – with its universal human themes of birth, hope, joy, suffering, sacrifice and redemption.
Handel’s Messiah: The Live Experience will be the first event from Classical Everywhere, a new venture from Immersive Everywhere, the multi-award-winning creators of extraordinary events Peaky Blinders: The Rise (“I don’t think I’ve ever before been to an event where I’ve wanted to go again immediately, but Peaky Blinders: The Rise ticks that box” êêêê The Evening Standard) Doctor Who: Time Fracture (a perfect homage to all things Doctor Who êêêê The Upcoming and The Great Gatsby (an intimate immersive show offers heady discombobulation êêêê The Guardian)
Stars include: Danielle de Niese who has been hailed as “opera’s coolest soprano” by New York Times Magazine. Danielle regularly appears on the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages and is a prolific recording artist, TV personality and philanthropist.
Winner of the BBC Musician Magazine Personality of the Year 2022, Opera Singer Nicky Spence who will be known to audiences as a judge and mentor on Sky Arts’ TV show Anyone can sing and lead presenter in Sky’s upcoming TV documentary Football Fan to Opera Star.
English National Opera regular and “creamy-toned high soprano” (The Arts Desk) Idunnu Münch and American Bass-Baritone Cody Quattlebaum, commended by Opera News as “a powerhouse, commanding of presence, virile of sound, and articulate even in the swiftest exchanges” make up the quartet
Under the baton of conductor Gregory Batsleer, Artistic Director and founding member of Classical Everywhere, these impressive internationally acclaimed artists will perform alongside the English Chamber Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus.
Classical Everywhere’s vision is to bring together the world’s greatest classical musicians and music with outstanding venues and creative and imaginative staging. The aim is to enhance the narrative and emotional power of the music to create an evocative, exhilarating and entertaining classical experience that will appeal to ever wider audiences.
They will perform an edited version of Handel’s enduring masterpiece, loved primarily for the sheer beauty and power of its music with its famous choruses and well-known melodies.