Handel’s Messiah canceled at the Théâtre du Châtelet

The most famous of oratorios was to be played for ten days. Faced with the contagiousness of the Omicron variant, and the number of people involved in the production, the performances were canceled. The rest of the programming of the Parisian theater is maintained.

You have to (re) get used to it. The return of gauges and health constraints is jeopardizing many artistic representations across France. This is the case of Messiah, the most famous of oratorios written by Georg Handel, which was to be performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris from January 19 to 29, under the direction of Briton Deborah Warner. It is finally canceled.

The management of the theater explains in a press release that “the displacement of the choir and orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, of foreign singers, as well as of artists from all over Île-de-France, despite everything we are doing to protect artists and the public, represented a health risk that we preferred not to take ”.

Too large numbers and health standards impossible to meet for the theater, which reminds us that “The staging mobilizes more than a hundred people on the set (singers, choristers, dancers and extras) and requires just as much behind the scenes every evening to ensure the smooth running of the three acts.”

«All ticket holders for canceled performances will be contacted for refund terms», assures the theater in its press release.

Programming maintained

The rest of the program is (for the moment) unchanged at the Théâtre du Châtelet. The year 2022 therefore begins with a sung visit, a first for the theater. Tour guide and lyric singer Grégoire Ichou will take visitors behind the scenes of the theater on January 9. On January 12, jazz musician Paul Lay will tackle Beethoven’s work, improvised on the piano.

On Saturday January 15, the Châtelet Music Club is back, in an atmosphere between Broadway and Parisian cabarets. January 22 is dedicated to baroque music with the 30 years of Lyric Talents. The next day, Sunday January 23, place at the Les P’tits Fauteuils workshop-concert, which will offer various sound experiences.

Finally, on January 28, a small event takes place at the Châtelet. The 40 years of Sunset, legendary Parisian jazz club, in the presence in particular of Jean-Jacques Milteau, Étienne Mbappé or the Jacky Terrasson Trio


By Editor

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