Youth (5-17) free with accompanying ticketed adult
Mercer Island, WA, United States
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
From the moment the young English tenor James Beard first performed with Handel in 1734, the composer began fashioning roles for him. This led to a new idea – the tenor as Oratorio’s leading man. Until this moment, sopranos and castrati dominated the operatic stage. As Handel invented and shaped the English Oratorio, and took advantage of John Beard’s special talents, he was able to compose pieces that, to this day, define the elements of this genre. With GRAMMY award-winning tenor, Aaron Sheehan PMW creates a portrait of this historical character with some of Handel’s most glorious music.