The RMP's world-record breaking 238th performance since 1853. Melbourne’s favourite Messiah. The 34th Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Concert.

Handel’s Messiah

Melbourne Town Hall

The 34th Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Concert

“The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra delivered a vibrant and polished reading. Music director Andrew Wailes conducted with precision and infectious energy urging the chamber-sized orchestra and 100-strong choir to some stirring renditions of the big choir pieces including the famous ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Glory to God’ and ‘For unto us a Child is born’. Wailes favouring brisk tempos made for exciting listening…” (Handel’s Messiah) The Age

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra present Handel’s Messiah for the world record 238th time since 1853. The world’s most-loved oratorio, famous for its sparkling arias, powerful choruses and surging climaxes including the magnificent Hallelujah! Chorus and the equally thrilling Amen! Chorus which concludes the work.
Featuring over 100 talented musicians from the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, and an exceptional cast of  acclaimed soloists, this concert promises to thrill under the direction of one of Australia’s foremost exponents of this great work. The RMP’s annual performance of this masterpiece is a much anticipated highlight of Melbourne’s concert calendar.

Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists. In 2017, she appears in major roles for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, the Adelaide Festival and Pinchgut Opera. In concert, she performs as soloist with Sydney Philharmonia and the Auckland Philharmonia and has performed with all the major Australian opera companies, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Ensemble and the Sydney, West Australian, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. This will mark her debut with the RMP.

Leading Australian mezzo soprano Dominica Matthews also a Helpmann Award-winning singer. She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and was an Ian Potter Foundation Grant recipient in 2003-2004 and winner of the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award at RNCM. Dominica is currently a Senior Principal Artist with Opera Australia and has established herself as one of Australia’s best-loved and prolific singers. RMP is thrilled to welcome her back in 2017.

Tenor Robert Macfarlane, originally from Adelaide, was the winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria competition in  2009. Robert Macfarlane studied at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and subsequently at the Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig ‘Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy’ as recipient of the prestigious Thomas Elder Overseas Scholarship. He undertook extensive study of the Baroque repertoire and was the winner of the Adelaide Critic’s Circle award for best individual performance in 2012 (Bach- St. John Passion), a finalist in the Lortzing Competition in Germany in 2013. Especially known internationally for his performances of Bach, Robert has enjoyed great success as an opera and oratorio soloist throughout Europe, Australia and Japan.

Bass Baritone Adrian Tamburini was the inaugural Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition (in 2007), and in 2017 was the winner of The Australian Opera Awards. He has also been the recipient of the Acclaim Awards Scholarship and was twice a finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant. He is a regular performer and soloist with groups such as Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, and West Australian Opera.Don’t miss being part of this wonderful musical tradition.Andrew Wailes, conductor

Taryn Fiebig, soprano
Dominica Matthews, mezzo soprano
Robert Macfarlane, tenor
Adrian Tamburini, bass baritone
Kristian Winther, concertmaster
Mark Fitzpatrick, trumpet
Dean Sky-Lucas, harpsichord
Rhodri Clark, organ and harpischord

Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra


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