Hearing double

We're excited to announce that in 2014, for the first time, we will present two operas in a single year. Alongside our now well-established December season, Pinchgut will bring another neglected operatic gem to life, this time in the middle of the year in July.

We’ve been thinking about this for a few years. Lots of our audience members have asked when we are we going to add another show. And Antony Walker and Erin Helyard, our artistic directors, are always reminding us that there are many unfairly neglected works from the 18th century that we could do. The time is right.

On Saturday 5 July 2014, we will open with Antonio Salieri's Der Rauchfangkehrer (‘The Chimney Sweep’). First performed in 1781, it doesn’t seem to have been presented professionally anywhere in the last 200 years. Also, it’s never been recorded. Erin has championed this work for a while now, and he will conduct it from the keyboard.

Then from 3 – 8 December, we’ll present Iphigénie en Tauride by Christoph Gluck. Antony Walker, who is widely considered an expert in French baroque music, will conduct this opera.

After 12 years of presenting a single opera per year, Pinchgut has proven that an audience exists for these rare gems. We think one of the reasons Pinchgut has been successful is that Erin and Antony choose works that they really care about. You, our audiences, can tell that from the performances.

We think it's an honour to have your trust in bringing to life works that have fallen unjustly into neglect and haven’t been heard in Australia for a long time, if ever. With this next step, we’re on our way to establishing a full calendar of Pinchgut performances, and really looking forward to taking our audience with us.

Details of principals for both operas and box office open date will be announced in November. In the meantime, tell EVERYONE!