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Sunday, March 31, 2019


Handel’s choral masterpiece, Messiah, is the world’s best-loved oratorio, attracting audiences the world over. It receives a triumphant Easter Sunday staging in The Playhouse Opera on April 21, 2019.

The production will be directed by the acclaimed Ralph Lawson and accompanied by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor, Naum Rousine. This outstanding production features performances by some of South Africa’s leading opera singers as well as the 40-strong Playhouse Chorale.

(Nozuko Teto)

Messiah will feature popular soloists Violina Anguelov (mezzo soprano), Nozuko Teto (soprano), Wayne Mkhize (tenor), and Justice Kubheka (bass).

Messiah is an enormously popular English-language oratorio composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel first performed in Dublin in April 1742. After what has been described as a ‘modest’ initial public reception, the oratorio has gained in popularity to the extent that it has become one of the best-known, best-loved and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.


(Violina Anguelov)

Highlights of this much-loved work include a wealth of evergreen choral items. Among these are the magnificent Hallelujah Chorus, along with equally splendid numbers such as For Unto Us A Child Is Born, And The Glory of the Lord and many more, as well as benchmark solos such as Every Valley, He Was Despised, I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion, Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion, The Trumpet Shall Sound and Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage Together, to name but a few.

Messiah has one performance on Easter Sunday (April 21) at 15h00 in The Playhouse Opera. Tickets R120 and R140 booked through Computicket outlets nationwide, and can also be obtained from the Playhouse Box Office on 031 369 9540/9596. Discounted block bookings can be made by calling Dawn on 031 369 9407 or emailing her on

Book now to avoid disappointment.