Nothing says Christmas like Tafelmusik’s Messiah! A moving, often joyous reflection on the life of Christ, Handel’s oratorio surges with emotion, drama, and poignancy.

Performed in the style and spirit of the composer’s own productions, Tafelmusik’s Messiah “radiates brilliance and energy, along with an emotional depth that fully enhances the work’s expression” (AllMusic). Messiah’s core message of good will, hope, and humanity resounds as eloquently today as it did in 1742.  

Another reason to shout “Hallelujah”? Tafelmusik’s treasured Sing-Along Messiah makes a triumphant return, directed by none other than G.F. Handel himself. Messiah’s stirring choruses get the surround-sound treatment with a massive audience joining our own choir, orchestra, and guest soloists.

Directed by Ivars Taurins
Rachel Redmond, soprano
Cameron Shahbazi, countertenor
James Reese, tenor
Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir   

Box Office
Royal Conservatory of Music
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Running Time
3 hours
Style of Music
Baroque choral

Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

December 14, 2023 7:30 pm
December 15, 2023 7:30 pm
December 16, 2023 7:30 pm

Rachel Redmond


Scottish soprano Rachel Redmond trained at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and began her career in William Christie’s Jardin des Voix. She performs regularly with many of Europe’s leading baroque ensembles, and at the Göttingen and London Handel Festivals.  

She recently made her debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Les Talens Lyriques, Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoign, Netherlands Bach Society, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra. She performed Handel’s Messiah at the Salzburg Festival, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the BBC Proms. 

Rachel made her stage debut at the Opera Comique in Lully’s Atys, followed by Campra’s Les fêtes vénitiennes in Paris, Toulouse, and New York. She sang Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Aix-en-Provence Festival, and Loena in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Engagements in 2023 include her debut at Opéra du Rhin performing Fortuna in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. 

Cameron Shahbazi


Persian-Canadian countertenor Cameron Shahbazi is one of the most promising young voices of the opera world today, praised for his acclaimed interpretations of both baroque and contemporary music. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with Oper Frankfurt, Moscow Chamber Ensemble, Oper Köln, and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and a recital at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He was an Associate Artist at the Dutch National Opera Studio, and in 2022/23 returns to sing his signature role Tolomeo in a new production of Handel Giulio Cesare.

Other highlights of 22/23 include appearances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Pergolesi Stabat Mater at the Royal Chapel in Versailles, Sir George Benjamin’s acclaimed concert piece Dream of the Song in Cologne, and the premiere of a new work by Benjamin at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Originally from Hamilton, Cameron is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and Amsterdam Conservatory.  

James Reese 


A “shining tenor” (New York Classical Review), James Reese is a frequently sought tenor soloist with leading orchestras and ensembles throughout North America. James maintains close relationships with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, The Sebastians, TENET Vocal Artists, the Washington Bach Consort and the Boston Early Music Festival. In the 2023-24 season, he will make his debut with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Symphony Nova Scotia. 

An active recitalist, James presents song recitals with his friend and collaborator, pianist Daniel Overly. Together they debuted at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society in 2022. He won a GRAMMY Award in 2023 as a soloist on The Crossing’s release Born, with music of Edie Hill and Michael Gilbertson. He appears as a soloist on several discs released on the Hyperion Label, including singing the Evangelist in Heinrich Schütz’s Christmas Oratorio, released in 2019.

 A graduate of Northwestern and Yale Universities, he is currently based in Philadelphia.

Enrico Lagasca 


Filipino-American bass-baritone Enrico Lagasca appears as both a solo and ensemble singer in a wide range of ensembles, including New York’s mission-specific TENET Vocal Artists, and with major orchestras under conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Pablo Heras-Casado, Nicholas McGegan, Jane Glover and John Butt. 

Opera roles include Collatinus in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia and Lorenzo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi. His willingness to take risks onstage has brought him to the attention of directors such as Thaddeus Strassberger, RB Schlather, and Kevin Newbury.  

As much as the great sacred works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart remain in his bones, Enrico increasingly seeks out music by living composers such as Wolfe, Dove, Caroline Shaw, and Reena Esmail. Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles figures repeatedly in his 2022/23 season, along with Craig Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard— the latter reflecting Enrico’s particular interest in works that address the LGBTQ+ community. He is a member of the Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, which is dedicated to diversity and social justice.  


Directed by Ivars Taurins
Rachel Redmond soprano 
Cameron Shahbazi countertenor 
James Reese tenor 
Enrico Lagasca bass-baritone 
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir


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