Handel Messiah

A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus — featuring conductor & countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky, the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — honor Handel’s greatest work.

Holiday Concerts

Dates and Tickets

  • 14 Dec (Fri) 2018 8:00PM
  • 15 Dec (Sat) 2018 1:00PM
  • 15 Dec (Sat) 2018 8:00PM
  • 16 Dec (Sun) 2018 2:00PM

Running time

2 hours, 21 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Dmitry Sinkovsky

Conductor and Countertenor

Born in Moscow, Dmitry Sinkovsky attended the city’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, studying with Professor Alexander Kirov from 2001-2005. Combining his studies with tours to Europe, Dmitry also undertook baroque violin lessons with early music pioneer Maria Leonhardt. Since graduating Dmitry has regularly been invited to lead from the violin and to perform as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles such as Il Complesso barocco (Italy), Concerto Koln (Germany), Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (Finland) and more.

Yulia Van Doren


Recognized by Opera as “A star-to-be” following her Lincoln Center debut, young Russian-American soprano Yulia Van Doren’s debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra was acclaimed as a “revelation... a ravishing lyric voice and an ease with vocal ornamentation that turned her into an enchanted songbird” (Toronto Star).

Colin Balzer


With assured musicality and the varied tonal palette of a lieder specialist, Canadian lyric Colin Balzer received his formal musical training at the University of British Columbia with David Meek and with Edith Wiens at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg/Augsburg.

Michael Kelly


Baritone Michael Kelly is an accomplished artist whose insightful interpretations, silken voice, and expressive use of language have garnered him comparison to such icons of song repertoire as Matthias Goerne and Gérard Souzay.

Seattle Symphony Chorale

The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.





George Frideric Handel



Colin Balzer’s performances are supported in part by the Melvyn Poll Tenor Fund. Performances of Handel’s Messiah are supported by a gift in memory of Gwen Jones Whyte.