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Performer: Pinchgut Opera

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SydneyFarnace

Farnace
Vivaldi: Farnace, RV 711
Erin Helyard; Mark Gaal; Pinchgut Opera; Christopher Lowrey; Helen Sherman; Jacqueline Dark; Timothy Reynolds
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Pinchgut takes on Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Fernando Guimarães (Ulisse) © Brett Boardman

Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria is given the Pinchgut treatment, with an abstract staging complementing historically informed music-making under Erin Helyard.

****1
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Pinchgut Opera's Easter concert

Erin Helyard © Albert Comper
Soprano Alexandra Oomens confirmed her star potential, but all soloists and players shone in this jubilant concert featuring Telemann's Thunder Ode and Bach's Easter Oratorio
*****
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Hasse's Artaserse receives its Australian première

Vivica Genaux (Mandane) and David Hansen (Arbace) © Brett Boardman
Perhaps Pinchgut Opera's finest production to date, a brave presentation of a classic Baroque opera, little heard in Australia apart from Handel, benefits from the star presence of Vivca Genaux in splendid form.
*****
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Fabulous musical performance of Athalia in Sydney

Emma Pearson (Athalia) and Freddie Shaw (Joas) © Robert Catto
Handel's Athalia is a wonderful English oratorio but this production, while musically wonderful, was marred by a problematic staging with infuriating surtitles.
***11
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Pinchgut's Poppea: cynical production, glorious music

Jake Arditti (Nero) © Brett Boardman
Pinchgut Opera's L'incoronazione di Poppea is a glorious feast of singing, acting and playing but the production is brutal, taking Monteverdi's vision of corruption in high places to excessive lengths.
****1
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