Sunday, November 27th, 2016 @ 2:00pm
The Pacific Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Lawrence Kohl performs Handel’s joyous Messiah. Robert Lappa, chorus master, brings together the special PCO chorus. Renowned soloists bring sparkle to the program and the audience is invited to join an encore of the Hallelujah chorus. A holiday tradition not to be missed! Shawnette Sulker, Soprano, and Daniel Cilli, Baritone are well known to Bankhead audiences with their appearances with Pacific Chamber Orchestra, Livermore Valley Opera and throughout the Bay Area. In addition, Betany Coffland, Alto, and Michael Desnoyers, Tenor are performing Handel's Messiah with PCO for their very first time.
Lawrence Kohl, conductor
Shawnette Sulker, soprano
Daniel Cilli, bass
Pacific Chamber Chorus with Robert Lappa director
Handel: The Messiah
Soloist: Daniel Cilli, Baritone
Daniel Cilli made a lively debut with San Francisco Opera this summer as Le Dancairo in Calixto Bieito’s charged and cinematic production of Carmen. Also during 2015-2016 Mr. Cilli performed new works like River of Light by Jack Perla at Festival Opera, Ghosts of Alhambra by George Crumb with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and in historical works like Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri, Bizet's Carmen, and Finzi's in Terra Pax.
Soloist: Michael Desnoyers, Tenor
Sought out for his “rich and resonant” and “sweet, well-projected lyric tenor,” Michael Desnoyers has sung over 50 different roles across San Francisco Bay Area stages, including performances with Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, West Edge Opera, Festival Opera, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Cinnabar Theatre, Ars Minerva, Pocket Opera, and the Handel Opera Project. Upcoming highlights from 2017 include Rodolfo in La Bohème, Sextus in Giulio Cesare, and the title role in Idomeneo.