To be performed in Arabic, Dene, English, French, Inuktitut, and Southern Tutchone with singers participating from every province and territory in Canada, Against the Grain Theatre’s Messiah/Complex is a new interpretation of Handel’s holiday classic that is truly national in scope.
Translated into multiple languages, Messiah/Complex features soloists singing in their traditional language of choice. For example, Leela Gilday will sing her portion in Dene from the Northwest Territories, while Deantha Edmunds and Looee Arreak will sing in Inuktitut from Newfoundland Labrador and Nunavut, respectively.
Representing Nova Scotia and joining the project as one of only four Canadian choirs is Halifax Camerata Singers. The Halifax-based chamber choir will perform Worthy is the Lamb/Amen, the final chorus of Handel’s oratorio tracing the story of Jesus Christ.
Recorded at St. Andrew’s United Church in Halifax, the choir sang to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s track.
Camerata considers this an unexpected gift as they would normally perform as the core choir of the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus in its annual production of Messiah. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s performance was cancelled.
Messiah/Complex builds on previous non-traditional Messiah productions created by the Against the Grain. Previously, the Toronto-based opera company performed a fully-staged dance-drama version of the piece.
Against the Grain Theatre’s national Messiah/Complex project is now available to stream for free. Visit atgtheatre.com for more information.