Meet the 4 soloists for Handel’s ‘Messiah’ featuring the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers, Dec. 15

Christine Noel returns to The VETS to conduct Handel’s Messiah
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At a Glance

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.
The VETS, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence

Christine Noel, conductor and Providence Singers’ Artistic Director
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Margaret Lias, mezzo-soprano
Marc Molomot, tenor
Nicholas Laroche, bass

About the soloists

SonjaT042ASonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano

  • Commended by the Boston Globe for her “crystalline tone and graceful musicality.”
  • Recent highlights:
    • Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans devicta Holofernis barbarie (Abra and Ozias)
    • Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (La Fortuna and Giunone, Grammy-nominated recording with Linn Records)
    • Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (First Lady) with Boston Baroque.
  • Appeared with the Handel and Haydn Society in Bach’s St. John Passion (soprano soloist), Purcell’s King Arthur (Cupid) and Handel’s Samson (Israelite Woman); Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Blue Hill Bach Festival (Galatea); Knussen’s Symphony No.2 for high soprano with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and her Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center debuts, both with the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
  • Won second place in the 2014 American Prize competition’s art song and oratorio division.

MESSIAH MARGARET LIASMargaret Lias, mezzo-soprano

  • Celebrated for her “warm, arresting and rich-toned” singing.
  • Frequent soloist under the baton of Harry Christophers since her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2011 with the Handel and Haydn Society.
  • Received praise in 2015 for her Lincoln Center solo debut singing Mozart’s Requiem.
  • Solo appearances in 2018 and 2019 include:
    • Boston Baroque
    • Handel and Haydn Society
    • Masterworks Chorale
    • the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
    • Coro, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    • Bach Festival
    • Emmanuel Music.

Marc Molomot, tenor


  • Possessed of a rare high-tenor voice and a winning stage persona that comfortably embraces both comedic and dramatic roles.
  • Enjoys an international career in opera and on the concert stage.
  • Known for appearances with the world’s leading early music ensembles and conductors including William Christie, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nicholas McGegan and Andrew Parrott.
  • Praised as “an excellent actor-singer” in repertoire of all eras.
  • Recent and upcoming engagements include:
    • Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Chicago Opera Theater, COT co-production, Long Beach Opera
    • Bard Music Festival, Busoni’s Turandot
    • Berg’s Wozzeck, Houston Symphony Orchestra
    • Bach’s Magnificat, Israel Camerata Jerusalem
    • Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Mobile Symphony Orchestra
    • Britten’s Serenade, Omaha Symphony
    • Berkshire Choral Festival.

Nicholas Laroche, bass

Nicholas Laroche

  • Established as a new voice in New England.
  • Featured soloist in oratorio and opera engagements including:
    • Bach B-Minor Mass and St. John Passion
    •  Mozart’s Requiem
    • Handel’s Messiah
    • Mendelssohn’s Elijah
    •  Britten’s Albert Herring and The Rape of Lucretia
    •  Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites
    • Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte.
  • Performed solo and choral repertoire with area ensembles including Schola Cantorum of Boston, Capella Nova Mundi, Collegium Ancora, Ecclesia Consort, Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, and Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Providence Singers.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $15-$100, and can be purchased online at or from the RI Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office in East Providence–in person or by phone 401.248.7000 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m., closed Thanksgiving Day and the day following). On concert day, tickets are available at The VETS Box Office 3 p.m.-showtime. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Questions can be emailed to