Messiah: a new production by Frederic Wake-Walker

Frederic Wake-Walker joins forces with Robin Ticciati, Magdalena Kožená and Louise Alder presenting a new staged production of Handel’s Messiah, with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Journalist Andrew Mellor spoke to Frederic ahead of rehearsals to hear his thought process whilst creating this production, “…the approach I’ve taken is to think more about the dynamics between the orchestra, chorus, and soloists and to think about how to place the piece in this incredible space.” You can read more of Andrew’s interview with Frederic in the Winter issue of The Green Room.

Frederic and Robin had previously worked together on La finta giardiniera at Glyndebourne and were looking for another opportunity for a collaboration. Frederic said, “he came up with the idea of doing Messiah. As much as anything, it represents a perfect opportunity for Ticciati to bring his fondness for pre-Mozart repertoire to his new German symphony orchestra, schooled generally on music from later on.”

Frederic has incorporated a dance element featuring Ahmed Soura, whom Wake-Walker collaborated with in 2013 on the dance piece Sacrificed. “Ahmed is from Burkina Faso, so he grew up with both Christianity and Islam,” Wake-Walker explains, “that provides a very different context but it’s also interesting having a dancer from Burkina Faso representing the Messiah in a work that was performed in front of the King of one of history’s biggest colonizing powers.”

Robin has been Music Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin since 2017 and has recently released his second album with the orchestra, Aimer et mourir, which features Magdalena Kožená. Elsewhere this season, Robin works with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Magdalena comes straight from her successful role debut as Phedre in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. January 2019 will see Magdalena embark on a recital tour with Mitsuko Uchida, concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Robin, and a ‘Love and Duty’ tour with Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment, under the direction of Giovanni Antonini.

Louise just last week made her Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. This continues a fantastic season for Louise who in March 2019 makes her second debut this season singing the title role in La Calisto at Teatro Real, Madrid, conducted by Ivor Bolton and directed by David Alden.

The performances will be on 15 and 16 December 2018 at the Philharmonie Berlin. For more information, see the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester website.

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