Live Arts Maryland’s annual performances of “Messiah” are a beloved Annapolis holiday tradition performed in one of the city’s most beloved and iconic buildings. World-class soloists, the Chamber Orchestra, and, of course, the Annapolis Chorale, all come together in historic St. Anne’s Church for a powerful presentation of this timeless work. The audience joins the singing with some holiday carols!
Our presentation of Messiah is family friendly and curated for audience members of all ages. Seating for these performances is limited so order your tickets early!
Our Guest Soloists
Soprano Emily Casey, hailed as a “red-haired vixen with a sparkling voice” by Opera Canada, commands stages in the US and abroad with her dramatic coloratura. Renowned for collaborations with opera companies worldwide, her vocal artistry and compelling dramatics have earned universal acclaim. This season brought about a series of role debuts including Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Michaëla (Carmen). Reviewed as a triple-threat to look out for, Casey also shines in musical theater and concert work. Recent highlights include Gianetta in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, where critics praised her for her musical lyricism, poignancy and power. Explore her dynamic schedule at www.emilycaseysoprano.com.
American mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis has performed with esteemed companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, Fort Worth Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Chicago Opera Theater, among others. On the concert stage, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, the Grant Park Music Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival. As a singer in the competition arena, Kathryn has won several prizes, most notably with New York Lyric Opera, Opera at Florham, National Opera Association, Opera Birmingham, Florida Grand Opera, Gerda Lissner Foundation, Fort Worth McCammon Foundation, Lucia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Sullivan Foundation, George London Foundation, Giulio Gari Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera. Kathryn recently released her first album, Before She Became Fire, in collaboration with pianist Samuel Martin, highlighting works of American women composers Lori Laitman, Judith Cloud, and Melissa Dunphy. For more information: www.kathrynleemhuis.com.
Hailed as a “gorgeous tenor voice” by Broadway World, Nathan Létourneau’s favorite roles include Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marco in The Gondoliers, and Orphée in Orphée aux enfers. Nathan has performed roles in Baltimore, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Toronto, and Montréal, with companies including the Washington National Opera, NEMPAC Opera, Bronx Opera, The Garden State Opera, Amore Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Young Victorian Theatre Company, Utopia Opera, and Opera NOVA. Further, Nathan has performed in the Washington National Opera chorus since 2018 and was a semi-finalist in the 31st Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. Nathan’s solo tenor concert performances include the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along, Beethoven 9 with the Georgetown University Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with Orpheus Choir, Goran Bregovic, and recitals with the Vernon Proms, Church of the Epiphany recital series, and at NYU’s Maison Française. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music from New York University. Website: www.nathanletourneau.ca.
David Murray‘s rich baritone voice, dramatic presence, and versatility as a performer has brought him acclaim from critics and audiences throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. David has been a regular soloist with the Annapolis Chorale, most recently in performances of Handel’s Messiah in December 2022. Previous performances include Bach’s Cantata No. 82 (2020), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Orff’s, Carmina Burana, Monteverdi’s Vespers, and Einhorn’s Voices of Light (2012). He has performed with the Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart and John Williams conducting, The Handel & Haydn Society, The Tokyo Philharmonic, The Telemann Orchestra of Japan, The New Japan Philharmonic, The Boston Academy of Music (Opera Boston), Theatre Lyrique d’Europe, Chorus proMusica, Boston Lyric Opera, Back Bay Chorale, as well as leading roles with Lake George Opera, Central City Opera, Eugene Opera, and Opera Baltimore. Other recent engagements include: Baritone soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Fairfax Symphony, the role of Don Pasquale in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s Il Barbieri di Sivilia, and Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte with Light Opera of New Jersey, Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. Pangloss in Bernstein’s Candide with State Repertory Opera. In addition to David’s singing and teaching career he has become one of the foremost editors of concert music in the music publishing industry. Having won numerous Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence from the Music Publisher’s Association. David is currently the Editor and Publishing Manager for Subito Music Corporation.
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