Messiah: The Virtual Edition
George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Saturday, December 5, 2020
The Charlotte Master Chorale will lead a sing-along virtual performance of Part I (the “Christmas Portion”) of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. This event is intended for singers and audience members throughout the Charlotte community to help present this time-honored tradition. This online Messiah includes a virtual-choir opportunity for singers to join together to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Handel was a champion of Italian opera, which he had introduced to London in 1711. He subsequently wrote and presented more than 40 such operas in London's theaters. By the early 1730s, though, public taste for Italian opera was fading. Handel remained committed to the genre, but as alternatives to his staged works, he began to introduce English-language oratorios.
In July of 1741, librettist Charles Jennens sent Handel a new libretto for an oratorio. In a letter dated July 10 to his friend Edward Holdsworth, Jennens wrote: "I hope [Handel] will lay out his whole Genius & Skill upon it, that the Composition may excell all his former Compositions, as the Subject excells every other subject. The Subject is Messiah."