December 24 2022

Bach Collegium Japan “MESSIAH” since 2001
With Paid Live Stream and On Demand

Celebrate Christmas with Handel's Beloved Masterpiece

Suntory Hall is pleased to present George Frideric Handel’s seasonal masterpiece, Messiah, on December 24, 2022, performed by eminent Baroque specialist Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan. Their annual performance has become the hall's tradition since 2001. The delightful vocal solos, splendid choruses, and colourful instrumental writing make this oratorio the highlight of the Christmas season.

▼Details & Booking ▼Live Stream & On Demand 
▼Maestro Suzuki talks about Handel's Messiah 
▼VIDEO: Bach Collegium Japan “MESSIAH”2021

■Date & Time
Saturday, December 24 2022 16:00 (Doors open 15:20)
Approx running time: 190 mins (incl. 1 intermission)

Director: Masaaki Suzuki
Chorus & Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan
Soprano: Hana Blažíková
Alto (Countertenor): Alexander Chance
Tenor: Jun Suzuki
Bass (Baritone): Takaoki Onishi

■Live Concert > Book Now
S ¥10,000 A ¥8,500 B ¥7,000 P ¥5,000 Student ¥1,000
S-seat with Dinner — Special Collaboration with The Okura Tokyo
¥28,000 (tax/service incl)

■Live Stream & On Demand Digital Suntory Hall (PIA LIVE STREAM) > Book Now
Booking opens: Thursday, December 1 2022 10:00

Live Stream: Saturday, December 24 2022 16:00 - (JST)
On Demand: Sunday, December 25 16:00 - Friday, December 30 2022 23:59 (JST)

Presented by Suntory Hall

Masaaki Suzuki ©Marco Borggreve
Hana Blažíková ©Vojtěch Havlík / Alexander Chance ©Ben Durrant
Jun Suzuki / Takaoki Onishi ©Simon Pauly

Masaaki Suzuki talks about Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah, a work that tells the story of the life of Christ, resonates especially at Christmas when we celebrate the birth of the Saviour.
“You will hear beautiful voices, and in many scenes you will feel comfort . You will enjoy the sound of the chorus and the voices of the four soloists. With instrumental accompaniment, some pieces are meditative, some are brilliant, and there is also a relaxed simplicity – the work has so many expressions” explains Masaaki Suzuki.
He is the director of Bach Collegium Japan (BCJ), an orchestra and chorus made up of players specialising in period instruments. Their performance of the complete Messiah at Suntory Hall is a popular event during the Christmas season.
“In Britain and America, Messiah is a seasonal fixture, but I am pleased that so many people in Japan attend our performance. I think it’s significant that we perform the work every year.”
For many people, it’s not Christmas without Messiah.
The work opens with the solo tenor singing “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God,” and subsequently it tells the story of Christ’s birth, crucifixion, and resurrection, including the joyous “Hallelujah Chorus”. The organ and cello support the solo voices warmly, and the trumpet sets the festive mood. Suzuki wants to bring out the sound that the composer envisaged by performing on instruments that were used the eighteenth century, and above all wants to serve the music.
“The music will give comfort and solace, and it will also lift people’s spirits. I’m sure the music will resonate with each person in different ways. It is full of joyous energy and a fitting work for these times. We are grateful that we can perform this work despite the pandemic.”

(December 2021)

Masaaki Suzuki
  • December 24 2021