John Butt announced as Residing Director of Krakow’s Misteria Paschalia Festival 2018

Fast developing a reputation as one of Europe’s leading Baroque festivals, Krakow’s Misteria Paschalia Festival has announced John Butt as its Residing Director for 2018.

The 2018 festival will focus on music from the British Isles, with the Dunedin Consort playing a central role in a series of concerts in March and April.

The Dunedin Consort will open the Festival with a performance of the London version of Handel’s Messiah on 26 March and return to give a performance of Handel’s Samson on 1 April, before closing the Festival with a programme of arias by Purcell with Ian Bostridge on 2 April.

Read The Herald article about John’s appointment here.

For more details about the festival and to view the full programme of events, visit the Festival website.


Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day – Krakow

Dunedin Consort close the 2018 Misteria Paschalia Festival with tenor Ian Bostridge in a performance of Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, a rich and colourful tribute to music’s patron saint.

Handel’s Samson – Krakow

Handel’s oratorio Samson tells of the last days of the great Israelite warrior, in a dramatic story of his journey from darkness to heavenly light. Opening with Samson in chains, having lost his strength and been blinded by the Philistines, it closes with one of Handel’s most famous arias, ‘Let the bright Seraphim in burning row / their loud, uplifted angel-trumpets blow’. Composed within a few weeks of Handel’s Messiah and based on a text by John Milton, it became one of Handel’s most successful and popular oratorios.

Handel’s Messiah (London version 1743) – Krakow

Following their groundbreaking reconstruction of the 1742 Dublin version of Handel’s Messiah, John Butt and the Dunedin Consort revisit the version performed in London the following year, a more elaborate affair for which Handel had an unusually large group of vocal soloists. This performance marks the opening of the 2018 Misteria Paschalia Festival, which this year has a focus on music from the British Isles.