Photography by Keith Saunders


Handel: Messiah

The world has entered a “new normal”, so many habits you took for granted have changed. But the tradition of our biennial Messiah holds fast – a musical anchor to the concert season.

Since 1742, when it was premiered in Dublin, Handel’s Messiah has never left the repertoire. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs has been performing it for nearly a hundred years. With its stirring choruses and sublime solos, and its dramatic expression of faith, Handel’s great oratorio stands as a beacon in the concert calendar – an event to look forward to.

And after a season of singing together again, all our choirs will be joining forces in December for what we think might be our finest, most definitive, performance of Messiah yet. From VOX and the Chamber Singers to our Symphony Chorus and the community of singers in the annual Christmas Chorus, we’re all looking forward to singing our favourite Handel oratorio. This is the kind of music that makes us want to spring to our feet and lift our voices in glorious harmony. And we invite you to join us in the Sydney Opera House to experience, once more, the comfort, the inspiration and the energy of Messiah.

Thursday 8 December at 8pm
Saturday 10 December at 1pm
Sunday 11 December at 1pm
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall


Deborah CHEETHAM & Matthew DOYLE Tarimi Nulay – Long time living here*
George Frideric HANDEL Messiah
* Commissioned for our 100 Minutes of New Australian Music project


Brett Weymark conductor
Lorina Gore soprano
Ashlyn Tymms mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Jones tenor
Morgan Pearse baritone
Symphony Chorus
Chamber Singers
Christmas Choir
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra


Premium $124 | A $101 | B $79 | C $58 | D $58
Concessions $112 | A $90| B $71 | C $52 | D $41
A booking fee of $8.50 per transaction applies



  • All SPC singers, musicians and staff are double vaccinated.
  • Audiences will be required to wear masks throughout the performance. If this changes we will inform patrons as soon as possible.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available.
  • A digital program book will be available on this page a week prior to the concert. A limited number of printed program books will be available for $5 each at the concert.