When Mendelssohn’s Elijah received its triumphant premiere at the 1846 Birmingham Festival there were more than a hundred musicians in the orchestra and several hundred singers in the choir. This is choral music on a grand scale, and we think we’ll do it justice with the formidable sound of our 400-voice choir and the magnificent Victorian-era ambience of the Sydney Town Hall.
Based on an Old Testament story (earthquake! a chariot of fire! and the “still small voice”), Elijah combines the majestic tradition of Handel and the worshipful spirit of Bach with Mendelssohn’s own rich Romantic style. The result is a thrilling musical drama of “a grand and mighty prophet… borne on the wings of angels”.
But, as conductor Brett Weymark points out, Elijah was also a complex personality and in some ways a “very difficult man”. Mendelssohn himself saw him as “energetic and zealous, but also stern, wrathful and gloomy.” His characterisation requires a commanding vocal and dramatic presence: a role amply filled by renowned operatic bass Teddy Tahu Rhodes. He will be joined by some of Australia’s finest singers. Join us to experience this inspirational choral masterpiece.
The concert will run for approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.
Thursday 16 December, 7pm
Sydney Town Hall
Deborah CHEETHAM & Matthew DOYLE Tarimi Nulay – Long time living here†
Felix MENDELSSOHN Elijah – An Oratorio
Text derived from the Lutheran Bible by Julius Schubring.
English version by William Bartholomew.
† Commissioned in our 100 Minutes of New Australian Music centenary project in 2020.
Brett Weymark conductor
Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass (Elijah)
Penelope Mills soprano (the Widow, an Angel)
Deborah Humble mezzo (an Angel, the Queen)
Nicholas Jones tenor (Odadiah, Ahab)
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra
Tickets: Premium $109 | A $89 | B $69 | C $49. Concessions available
A booking fee of $8.50 per transaction applies.
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