A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus — featuring the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — honor Handel’s greatest work.
Conductor Ruth Reinhardt was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, and is currently finishing her Master of Music degree in Conducting at The Juilliard School where she studies with Alan Gilbert.
American soprano Deanna Breiwick, hailed by critics for her "sweet sound and floating high notes" and for being a "vocal trapeze artist" (New York Times), is enjoying an exciting and diverse career. Ms. Breiwick is a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist, a 2012 Grand Prize Winner of the Sullivan Foundation Vocal Competition, and a First Prize Winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. She also holds awards from the George London Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grant.
Ms. Breiwick is a native of Seattle, WA and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music.
Mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti has a voice that been described as “spirited, handsome-toned” (Opera News), with a stage presence that is “strong” and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Quickly becoming known for her diverse stylistic range, Ms. Gigliotti is an exciting young artist who brings rich, resonant sound and a uniquely individual interpretation to her performances.
Grammy award-winning American tenor Aaron Sheehan has established himself as a first-rate singer in many styles ranging from oratorio and chamber music, to the opera stage. He regularly performs in the United States, South America and Europe. He sang the title role in Boston Early Music Festival's recording of Charpentier's La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers which won Best Opera Recording at the 2015 Grammy Awards. A native of Minnesota, Aaron Sheehan holds a BA from Luther College and a MM in Early Voice Performance from Indiana University. He is currently on the voice faculties of Boston University, Wellesley College, and Towson University.
Praised by The New York Times as “mellow-voiced and charismatic” and identified as a baritone to watch by Opera News, Will Liverman is quickly gaining a reputation for his compelling performances, while making significant debuts at opera houses across the country.
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.
Ruth Reinhardt’s performances are generously underwritten by Paul Leach and Susan Winokur.