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Performer: Pinchgut Opera

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SydneyRinaldo

Handel: Rinaldo
Erin Helyard; Pinchgut Opera; Jake Arditti; Taryn Fiebig; Emma Pearson; Carlo Vistoli

SydneyCharpentier's Messe de Minuit

Charpentier, Boismortier, Chédeville
Orchestra of the Antipodes; Erin Helyard; Pinchgut Opera; Chloe Lankshear; Anna Fraser; Eric Peterson
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Farnace by Vivaldi (more or less) at Pinchgut Opera

Christopher Lowrey (Farnace) © Brett Boardman
Vivaldi's Farnace is reconstructed by Pinchgut Opera in ways which might not do the composer full dramatic justice, but the production and high musical values provide an excellent night of operatic drama. 
****1
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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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