Sat 07 Dec

Music, TheatreMerry Opera presents Handel's Messiah

In the Merry Opera Company's dramatisation of Handel's Messiah, twelve strangers seek spiritual comfort in their struggle to understand the world. Singing together in a church, they inspire each other to pick up the ragged ends of their faith and look to the future with hope.

A powerful and affirming performance..…a delight. Bringing the singers out from behind their scores brought out the human character of this music

Opera Now

Who are Merry Opera? In their own words...

You would hardly be surprised to know that here at Merry Opera, we love opera. If you asked us why, we would respond by saying that opera is thrilling.  But it isn’t always: we’ve fallen asleep in many a traditional performance. But if you find a production sung in a language you can understand, where you hear the words clearly, in which the singers convince you about the characters, then you will surely feel the thrill.
If you’re an opera fan already, then you may well have come across our stage and music directors, all of whom have international careers. You may also have seen some of the singers from our shows, for we’re often a stepping stone on their way to the top.

Many of the operas that are rarely performed burst into life with one or two hidden musical gems. You may know that music theatre is the direct descendant of opera by way of Victorian music hall, Edwardian parlour songs, jazz and cabaret. So our shows often bring these musical strands together, offering you a romantic, comic, wicked or just plain silly selection from over 400 years of music. 

But you don’t have to accept what we say. Since our first production ten years ago, over 54,000 of you have seen our performances, and many of you have written to us. Here are a few examples:

  • “Thank you for opening my eyes to how opera can be such a fundamentally moving experience”
  • “I have never been to a concert before where the entire audience stood and cheered at the end”
  • “I was astonished, to say the least. The energy, the singing, the acting and the playing were all beautiful”
  • “Immediate and full of emotion and of the most inspirational things I have ever seen”

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Event Details

Sat 07 Dec
19:30 to 21:30

£17 / Under 25s £5


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Fiddler's Green
  • Deli-licious
  • Slip Inn
  • The Cuan
  • The Lep

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.