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7th June 2015
We are very grateful to leading baritone Mark Stone, who has found time in his busy international opera and concert schedule to sing the role of Elijah with The Bach Choir. Mark replaces Simon Keenlyside, who is currently on a period of vocal rest on the orders of his doctors. We wish Simon all the best for a speedy return to full health.
Mendelssohn’s oratorio dramatises scenes from the life of the prophet Elijah, who lived in Israel during the reign of King Ahab. These scenes include Elijah’s prayers bringing rain to the parched soil, the resurrection of a dead youth, a contest between prophets of two different gods, and Elijah being carried up to heaven in a fiery chariot.
Mark Stone writes:
“It is always a huge privilege to sing Elijah – one of the greatest oratorios in the repertoire. Its mixture of devout spirituality inherited from Mendelssohn’s love of Bach together with the passionate romanticism of the composer’s own style is truly intoxicating, and something which I always find a moving and uplifting experience. The other soloists are three of my favourite singers who are all perfect for this work. Most of all, the prospect of performing this masterpiece with The Bach Choir is something that fills me with huge delight; I know that the Choir’s technical brilliance and dramatic vigour under the expert guidance of David Hill will make this one of the most exciting renditions of this truly great work.”