Maria Brea & Joshua Blue Lead Oratorio Society of New York’s Messiah

By Francisco Salazar

The Oratorio Society of New York will perform its 148th performance of Handel’s Messiah in time for the holiday season.

The performance, which is set for Dec. 19, 2022, will be performed at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. This year’s performance includes soloists soprano Maria Brea, contralto Heather Petrie, tenor Joshua Blue, and baritone Jesse Blumberg, together with the Orchestra of the Society.

The Messiah is a holiday tradition for OSNY performing teh work since 1874. The OSNY has never missed an annual performance of Messiah, having held a digital performance in 2020, and in 2021, making a triumphant return to Carnegie Hall with their annual performance.

In a statement, Kent Tritle said, “I am delighted to direct the Oratorio Society of New York in this year’s performance of Handel’s Messiah! We have managed to continue our unbroken tradition of presenting Messiah through the past years, and this year’s rendition will be especially poignant as we return to the presentation of all three monumental parts of this beloved work! Whereas last year we presented a reduced Messiah, due to venue protocols and concerns over the Omicron virus surge, this year we expect to present the fuller version so beloved by New York audiences.”