Hana Blažíková, Alexander Chance, Jun Suzuki, Takaoki Onishi to Headline Bach Collegium Japan’s ‘Messiah’

By David Salazar

The Bach Collegium Japan is set to present Händel’s “Messiah” at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Masaaki Suzuki will conduct the performance, which is set for Dec. 24, 2022, with such soloists as soprano Hana Blažíková, countertenor Alexander Chance, tenor Jun Suzuki, and baritone Takaoki Onishi.

Blažíková has appeared regularly with the Bach Collegium Japan and has also performed with such organizations as the Edinburgh International Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Resonanzen in Vienna, the Festival de Sablé, the Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Arts Festival Hong-Kong, Chopin i jego Europa, the Bachfest Leipzig, Concentus Moraviae, Summer Festivities of Early Music, and the Festival de Saintes.

Meanwhile, Chance has performed with the Ravenna Festival, the Freiburger Barockorchester, and the Academy of Ancient Music, among others.

Suzuki has performed alongside the Tokyo Nikkai Opera, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Finally, Onishi was an ensemble member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and has also performed with such organizations as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and North Carolina Opera.


The performance will be streamed on the Digital Suntory Hall platform and will be made available to international audiences.