Handel’s Messiah

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

1 December 2023

National Opera House, Wexford

2 December 2023


George Frideric Handel (Germany, 1685-1759)Messiah


Chamber Choir Ireland
Irish Baroque Orchestra
Peter WhelanConductor

Begin the festive season in style with Handel's timeless masterpiece, presented by Chamber Choir Ireland and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

A highlight of December each year, this production of Handel's Messiah is performed on period instruments and in full chorus, so audiences can experience Handel's much-loved work in all its original colour and splendour—led by Peter Whelan, Artistic Director of IBO, with step-out solos from the singers of Chamber Choir Ireland.

Through a dramatic series of arias, recitatives, and choruses, Messiah tells the universal story of triumph over trial, where life’s sorrows and despairs are met with overriding hope and unbridled joy. It is Handel at his most brilliant, in a well-paced blend of aria and chorus to perfectly match the arc of the Christian story.

As one of the greatest oratorios ever written, Handel's Messiah has never waned in popular and critical appeal, and is as timeless today as it was when it premiered in Dublin in 1742!