Hot off the heels of their sold out Christmas Oratorio, Early Music Vancouver returns with an ambitious Valentine’s Day presentation of Handel’s Theodora at the Chan Centre. Here are five reasons we think you should go:
1. Theodora is know to be one of Handel’s favorite among his oratorios and while it was not popular during his time, it is now considered by many as a masterpiece.
2. Guest musical director for this presentation is renowned harpsichordist and conductor Alexander Weimann, one of the most sought-after ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners in the world.
3. The concert features an all-star cast of accomplished soloists including Matthew Brook, one of Britain’s leading baritones; Zachary Wilder, famed US-based lyric tenor; American Lawrence Zazzo, a top countertenor of his generation; Nathalie Paulin, the talented New Brunswick native; and Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, a favourite last season as Donna Elvira in Vancouver Opera’s Don Giovanni.
4. Musicians will be joined by the the Vancouver Cantata Singers, the two-time Healey Willan Grand Prize Award-winners at the biennial National Competition for Amateur Choirs.
5. The concert also features 28 members of the Juno-nominated Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
Theodora plays the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia) on Saturday February 14. Visit http://chancentre.ca for tickets and information.