Le Messie

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The Messiah

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An oratorio by Georg Friedrich Handel - Director: Deborah Warner - Conductor: Stefano Montanari

  • Opéra de Lyon
  • 3 hours 15 minutes
    whose2 intermission (s)
  • In English
  • Subtitled
  • +14years

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A pivotal work in Georg Friedrich Handel's repertoire, The Messiah is undoubtedly the best-known oratorio of the master of the genre. British director Deborah Warner’s staging, though minimal, is particularly moving.

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À propos

Inspired by biblical texts adapted into English by librettist Charles Jennens, The Messiah celebrates the life of Christ in three parts following the major stages of his destiny: the announcement made to the Virgin Mary by the Archangel Gabriel and the birth of Jesus: the martyr leading up to the crucifixion; and finally the resurrection of Christ for the salvation of humanity. 

The Messiah on stage 
Composed in three weeks and premiered in Dublin in 1742, The Messiah marks an important step for Handel, bring to an end a long series of intensively researched operas in Italian. By turning to an oratorio in English, the German composer, living in exile in England, rediscovered his creative energy, which had become somewhat dulled. He also expressed a certain number of dualities and influences (Venice and London, the sacred and the theatrical, the classical and the baroque) which make up the richness of his work. Handel by no means wrote The Messiah for the stage. However, in 2012 director Deborah Warner came up with a moving concept for staging the composer’s most famous oratorio, performed at the Lyon Opera House and revived this season. Its uncluttered set, dictated by the oratorio form, and its galvanizing contemporary interpretation in particular makes the fate of Christ resonate with our own concerns.

HWV 56, 1742
Libretto by Charles Jennens
A revival of the 2012 production, premièred at the English National Opera
Co-production with the English National Opera

Voir aussi

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Deborah Warner


Tom Pye


Jean Kalman


Kim Brandstrup


Lysander Ashton (59 Productions)


Anna Devin


Christine Rice


Allan Clayton


Christopher Purves

Cheffe des Chœurs

Elena Mitrevska

Cheffe des Chœurs

Karine Locatelli

Orchestre, Chœurs et Maîtrise de l’Opéra de Lyon

Ensemble de la société civil

Why we love it

At the crossroads of genres and eras, The Messiah is Handel's most accomplished work.

Why we love it

It is with this work that one of the great masters of the Baroque era knew how to reinvent himself.

This Messiah composed by a German marks an emblematic page of ... English music.”

The best-known tune in The Messiah, the Hallelujah Chorus, is one of sacred music’s greatest hits.

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