LA Times: “Handel’s ‘Saul,’ not the ‘Messiah,’ with Nicholas McGegan in his element”

On April 11, 2019 |

“Four years after “Saul,” Handel and the same librettist, Charles Jennens, would go on to produce that first true, most famous and still most lasting of all oratorios, meant for Easter (even if appropriated by Christmas). Instead Nicholas McGegan, the longtime music director of the Berkeley-based period instrument ensemble and as fine a “Messiah” master as there is, hatched a different and in many ways delightful, if eccentric, Easter egg…McGegan is the Philharmonia Baroque, and it will be hard to imagine the orchestra without him when he steps down after next season.

-Read more at the Los Angeles Times.

Photo: Nicholas McGegan conducting Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2016. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times).