Handel Messiah

A moving, emotional and resonant experience, Messiah is one of the most magnificent achievements in music. With its exquisite choral writing and the exultant “‘Hallelujah” chorus, featuring the Seattle Symphony Chorale and host of soloists, this timeless masterpiece has become a favorite holiday tradition.

Known as a fixture of the Christmas season, George Frideric Handel's Messiah was originally associated with Easter, premiering in Dublin on April 13, 1742. The opening movement, Part the First, functions as a prologue, establishing the major Old Testament prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, his arrival celebrated in the magnificent "For unto us a child is born" chorus. While Part the Second and Part the Third address the death and resurrection of Christ, Handel's beloved oratorio found its yuletide place during the 19th century. Don't miss it!

Read Tom Keogh's preview of our Messiah performances, published December 9 in The Seattle Times.

We will be accepting nonperishable food donations, in partnership with Food Lifeline, whose mission is to end hunger in western Washington.


Dates and Tickets

  • 18 Dec (Fri) 2015 8:00PM
  • 19 Dec (Sat) 2015 1:00PM
  • 19 Dec (Sat) 2015 8:00PM
  • 20 Dec (Sun) 2015 2:00PM

Running time

2 hours, 24 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 15 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Paul Agnew

Conductor and Tenor

Following a highly successful collaboration with Les Arts Florissants as Associate Conductor from 2007, Paul Agnew was appointed Joint Music Director alongside William Christie in 2013.

Anna Devin


A former member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, the Britten- Pears YAP and the National Opera Studio, Irish soprano Anna Devin is fast becoming established as one of today’s brightest young sopranos, highly praised for her strong stage presence and vocal versatility.

Benno Schachtner


German countertenor Benno Schachtner is the first countertenor in the history of prestigious Bach International Competition Leipzig who received the title “Bachpreisträger” and, in addition to that, the Orchestra Prize.

Matthew Burns


Declared as “having a beautiful bass-baritone voice” by The New York Times, Matthew Burns is a dynamic performer known for his unique portrayals of opera’s most acclaimed bass-baritone roles.

Seattle Symphony Chorale

The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





George Frideric Handel