Cantata Singers double performance of Handel’s beloved oratorio Israel in Egypt

Cantata Singers double performance of Handel’s beloved oratorio Israel in Egypt
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Cantata Singers and Ensemble. Photo Credit by Victor Kang

Cantata Singers and Ensemble. Photo Credit by Victor Kang

Cantata Singers double performance of Handel’s beloved oratorio Israel in Egypt. Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm and 1:00pm with Dr. Ellen Harris, Professor of Music at MIT. Post-concert reception free to all ticketholders.

Cantata Singers continues its 52nd season with two performances of Handel’s beloved 1783 oratorio, Israel in Egypt, a dramatic telling of the Biblical story of struggle and freedom. The performances will be held Friday, January 29th at 8:00pm at Cary Hall in Lexington and Sunday, January 31st at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Often performed incomplete—with only the second and third movements—Cantata Singers will present the original three-part version. One of Handel’s most revered works, Israel in Egypt is a masterful recounting of the deliverance of the Israelites from bondage.

Solo arias, recitatives, and duets complete the oratorio, all performed by soloists drawn from Cantata Singers’ talented roster. Soloists include sopranos Lisa Lynch, Karyl Ryczek, Alexandra Whitfield, and Majie Zeller; altos Kimberly Leeds, and Jennifer Webb; tenors Eric Christopher Perry, Jason Sabol, and Stephen Williams; and basses Mark Andrew Cleveland, Will Prapestis, and Ron Williams.

Cantata Singers. Photo Credit: James Luo

Cantata Singers. Photo Credit: James Luo


A singular desire to bring to Boston’s listeners music that isn’t being heard anywhere else has inspired Cantata Singers’ programming for 51 years. J.S. Bach’s music, from the cantatas to the B-minor Mass to the Passions, remains an essential part of Cantata Singers’ repertoire. However, the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded to include music from the 17th century to today. Cantata Singers has commissioned 14 works for choir and orchestra—including one that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music—and has presented more than fifty Boston premieres of music both old and new.

Cantata Singers has always focused on the music—be it by Bach, Verdi, Harbison, or Pärt—and its audiences do, too. Our audiences return year after year to hear fresh visions of iconic music, or an intriguing unfamiliar work that is—in fact—quite approachable. Each Cantata Singers concert is often surprising, sometimes challenging, always beautiful, and ultimately inspiring.

**Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA & NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.

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