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Handel: Messiah

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A Christmas evergreen

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The Dublin concert hall was packed to the rafters on the night of 13 April 1742. To ensure everyone could be accommodated, the men had to leave their swords outside and the women could not wear crinoline. What they experienced was truly remarkable. No less a figure than London’s uncrowned opera king Georg Friedrich Handel was visiting Ireland – with his own organ and a brand-new oratorio titled »Messiah«. Needless to say, it was an overwhelming success.


Academy of Ancient Music


Grace Davidson soprano

Martha McLorinan alto

James Gilchrist tenor

Matthew Brook baritone

conductor Nigel Short


Georg Friedrich Händel
Messiah / Oratorium in drei Teilen HWV 56

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Promoter: HamburgMusik

From the Mediatheque : Videos, Podcasts, Articles

Handel: Messiah

London’s award-winning Tenebrae Choir, the Academy of Ancient Music and conductor Nigel Short perform Handel’s magnificent oratorio. Available until 18 Jun 2022.

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Stories with the hashtag #EarlyMusic

Concert streams, interviews, articles – exciting contributions about early music are available in the media library.

During your visit

Elbphilharmonie Plaza

A public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie

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Food and Drink

Before the concert and in the interval

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