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    The annual performance of Handel’s sacred oratorio Messiah returns to the Royal Albert Hall for our 2018 Christmas festival of events.

    The splendour of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus, will be combined with rising vocal stars, including previous BBC New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl, brought together by the much lauded young Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

    Anna Devin soprano
    Anna Harvey mezzo
    Nick Pritchard tenor
    Benjamin Appl bass

    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Philharmonia Chorus
    Maxim Emelyanychev conductor

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    Highly acclaimed Irish soprano Anna Devin is the recipient of awards and honours including the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award and the Audience Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition. Anna regularly performs on the operatic and concert stages throughout Europe and the US, with recent highlights including her debuts with La Scala and the Vienna Philharmonic, and her festival debut at Mozartwoche Salzburg.

    ‘With a voice as liquid and sparkling as the best champagne, this rising young Irish soprano showered us with vivid characterisations, kaleldoscopic hues and the brightest of coloratura flourishes.’
    The Times

    Hailed as ‘simply wonderful’ by the New York Times and ‘remarkable’ by The Times, Sheffield-born mezzo-Soprano Anna Harvey recently won both the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize and Audience Prize at the International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, having previously been awarded the London Bach Society Bach Singers Prize, a Leonard Ingrams Foundation Award from Garsington Opera and a Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholarship.

    Tenor Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He is a new Rising Star for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and was recently voted ‘Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera’ in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll 2017.

    Described as ‘the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers’ by Gramophone Magazine (UK), Benjamin Appl is celebrated by audiences and critics in recital, concerts and opera. The German baritone was a BBC New Generation Artist and an ECHO Rising Star artist for the 2015/16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues. He became an exclusive SONY Classical recording artist in May 2016 and won the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2016.