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The Old Testament brought to life
Calling all music lovers, Mendelssohn's classical masterpiece Elijah will be performed by the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in conjunction with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Elijah is brought to life in the Sydney Opera House in the grand revival of the premiere in 1846. Not to worry, Mendelssohn had Elijah translated into English from its German doppleganger. At its premiere, more than 400 musicians participated in the masterpiece. Paul McCreesh will try to recreate the heavenly voices and massive choirs, with the surprise addition of the Conservatorium High School Choir.
It depicts the events and triumphs of the biblical prophet Elijah of God snatched from the books of the Old Testament. The elements of the earth and fire combine to arouse drama. Undoubtedly, traces of Bach and Handel, the Baroque geniuses whom Mendelssohn loved, surface in Elijah. Among the events of Elijah's life are his prayers for rain to the Lord of Israel to the ascension in a "fiery chariot" to heaven. Of the many melodramatic episodes, the confrontation of the Gods and the prophets turning into sacrificial lambs has been favored by performers and audiences.