JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio
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|Sat 18 Dec ’10, 7:30pm||
Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington
Restrictions: All Ages
Event listed by: annasedcole
Celebrate Christmas with The Tudor Consort! Following on from their hugely successful and critically-acclaimed performance of Messiah in 2008, The Tudor Consort is delighted to present J.S. Bach’s popular Christmas Oratorio.
The Christmas Oratorio tells the Nativity story through music of great joy and virtuosity, the work famously opening with powerful strikes of the timpani.
Renowned for their “ensemble perfection, expressive variety and stylistic awareness”, The Tudor Consort delivers excellence in early music. Once again, they will perform with forces close to those that Bach would have written for.
Michael Stewart, one of New Zealand’s best young conductors, leads the performance with the Vector Wellington Orchestra. “The Christmas Oratorio is one of those works that I have always wanted to tackle,” says Stewart. “We are very much looking forward to performing this exciting and uplifting work with such a stellar line-up of soloists.”
Internationally renowned opera singer Anna Leese returns to New Zealand to perform the soprano arias. After her stunning debut at Covent Garden in 2007, she was heralded by The Tribune as “a flawless jewel, polished and ready to be placed in whatever crown the fates have prepared for her”, while The Times described her has “one potential star in the making”. She was last heard here in the role of Tatyana in NZ Opera’s production of Eugene Onegin last year, in which she was widely acclaimed, the Dominion Post noting that “in Anna Leese, Tatyana has an advocate to rival the great Russian singers”.
Anna joins Kate Spence (alto), David Hamilton (tenor), and Jared Holt (bass) for what promises to be a very special performance.