Our 45th-anniversary season culminates with A Handel Celebration, a salute to one of the greatest musical dramatists of all time.

A true humanist, Handel responded to the beauty and chaos of the world around him, creating music that explores the full spectrum of our emotional experience—from the purest joy to the most poignant sorrow.  

Guest soloists Amanda Forsythe, soprano, and Thomas Hobbs, tenor, join the choir and orchestra directed by Ivars Taurins, who has chosen some of his favourite arias, duets, and choruses from Handel’s oratorios, including Solomon, Hercules, Semele, and Judas Maccabeus. Together they weave a gorgeous tapestry that wraps up our milestone season.  

A Handel Celebration will be recorded live for future release on the Tafelmusik Media label. 

Directed by Ivars Taurins
Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir

Image: Orchard Plums And Morning Glories by Paulette Tavormina

Box Office
Royal Conservatory of Music
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Running Time
2 hours, 15 minutes
Style of Music
Baroque choral

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

May 31, 2024 8:00 pm
June 1, 2024 8:00 pm
June 2, 2024 3:00 pm

Amanda Forsythe


Recognized internationally as a leading interpreter of baroque repertoire, Amanda Forsythe has performed with the Handel and Haydn Society, Music of the Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque, Tafelmusik, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque, and Boston Early Music Festival, with whom she recorded Eurydice in Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers, winning the GRAMMY Award for Best Opera Recording.   

She is a regular soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, and has also performed with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, and Rome’s Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. 

Opera engagements have included major roles in the houses of Geneva, Munich, Philadelphia, Rome, Seattle, Berlin (Komische Oper), and the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro. 

She has worked with conductors Laurence Cummings, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas Kraemer, Nicholas McGegan, Andris Nelsons, Sir Antonio Pappano, Martin Pearlman, and Christophe Rousset. 

Thomas Hobbs


British tenor Thomas Hobbs is in high demand with many leading early music ensembles. Recent highlights include numerous performances of Bach cantatas with Gli Angeli Geneva, and appearances with Le Banquet Céleste, Alia Mens, Netherlands Bach Society, Montreal Bach Festival, Bach Collegium Japan, Israel Camerata, Les Arts Florissants, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Dunedin Consort, Collegium Vocale Ghent, and Tafelmusik, among others. Opera roles include Telemachus in The Return of Ulysses for English National Opera, Apollo and Shepherd in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the Academy of Ancient Music, the title role in Albert Herring, and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Thomas’ ever-expanding discography includes several recordings of Bach with Collegium Vocale Ghent and with Dunedin Consort, Mozart Requiem and Handel Acis & Galatea and Esther with Dunedin Consort, and Beethoven Mass in C Major with Stuttgart Kammerchor, and Handel Chandos Anthems with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 


Directed by Ivars Taurins
Amanda Forsythe
, soprano
Thomas Hobbs, tenor
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir


Arias duets & choruses from Handel oratorios:

Solomon, Esther, L’Allegro, Judas Maccabeus, Deborah, Alexander Balus, Joseph & His Brethren, Semele, Hercules, Athalia

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