Israel and Egypt, then and now, as filtered through Handel and the Master Chorale

Handel gives the soloists, here drawn from the chorus, little work. But tenor Jon Lee Keenan got a moment to dazzle in “The enemy said, I will pursue.” Just before the final, celebratory chorus, the angelic purity of soprano Elissa Johnston’s “And Miriam the prophetess,” rained down from a high balcony above the stage, the voice of hope, hearable but as yet unreachable, that is Handel’s still meaningful message for Israel and for Egypt and their neighbors.