The work that makes soloists join in the chorusmain
There’s a fascinating set of Messiah reflections from leading singers on the AskonasHolt site. Among others, John Mark Ainsley recalls:
A few years ago, I did a staged version of the Messiah at the Coliseum with English National Opera, and the one thing I found absolutely extraordinary about every single performance was when we all sang the final chorus. Normally, as a soloist you’re stood apart from the chorus, but in this production the soloists were distributed amongst them on the stage, and standing in the middle of that great wedge of sound that an operatic choir can produce is the most extraordinary feeling: it’s like the whole thing is going through you.
photo: Tristram Kenton