‘Messiah’ returns to Town Hall


City Choir Dunedin musical director David Burchell will marshal the massed forces of choir, orchestra, and soloists in next month’s performance of Handel’s Messiah.

The great oratorio will be performed on Tuesday, December 10, from 7.30pm, at the Dunedin Town Hall.

The choir is presenting its 114th performance of the full Messiah score, singing the work under Burchell’s baton for the 10th time.

Composed in just 24 days in 1741, Handel’s Messiah has been a roaring success since its first performance in 1742, and is performed hundreds of times the world over for Christmas.

Accompanied by a baroque-style orchestra of 28 Dunedin Symphony Orchestra players, with Burchell at the harpsichord, Handel’s Messiah will be sung by about 95 choir members.

The performance will also feature four guest soloists, soprano Rebecca Ryan, alto Tessa Romano, tenor Andrew Grenon, and bass Joel Amosa.

City Choir Dunedin cherishes its connections with the University of Otago. Two of the soloists, Ryan and Amosa, studied music and singing at Otago. Romano has recently been appointed a voice lecturer, and Burchell is the organ tutor.

Ryan first sang with City Choir as a young student, and impressed both choir and audience in 2016, when she filled in as soprano soloist at short notice.

Romano has presented an inaugural recital at Marama Hall since arriving in Dunedin, but this will be her first appearance with City Choir Dunedin.

Amosa is a rising young New Zealand opera star, who relishes the chance to perform with a large choir and orchestra.

Grenon has performed in major works with City Choir in 2008 and again earlier this year. He also performs with New Zealand Opera.


The Star has a double pass to give away to the performance of Handel’S Messiah at the Dunedin Town Hall on December 10.

To enter the draw, answer the following question: Name one of the soloists performing the Messiah with City Choir Dunedin.

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Entries close at 5pm on Thursday, December 5.