Handel's Messiah

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November 27, 2009 by English National Opera at The London Coliseum

(followed by nine further performances)

Creative Team


English National Opera


George Frederic Handel


Deborah Warner


Kim Brandstrup


Tom Pye


Jean Kalman

Video design

Leo Warner


Moritz Junge


Laurence Cummings

Handel's Messiah

English National Opera
The London Coliseum, 27 November 2009

Review Extracts
The Production

“.. choreographed in restrained style by Kim Brandstrup”

- Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph

Information about the production

Kim Brandstrup reprised his fruitful creative association with director Deborah Warner to choreograph ENO’s new staging of Handel’s Messiah, marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.

The two first worked together in 2007 on Britten’s Death in Venice, also for ENO.

Handel’s work remains one of the most popular choral pieces in the repertoire. Through staged action and dance Warner and Brandstrup explored the profundities and hidden meanings of the work, which touches on the deep implications of good and evil, the past and the future, and the belief in the final victory over sin, death and decay.