ORCHESTRA OF THE ANTIPODES
Erin Helyard - Artistic Director
Antony Walker - Founding Artistic Director
Alison Johnston - Manager
Orchestra of the Antipodes has played for Pinchgut Opera for every production since L’Orfeo in 2004, and this year celebrates its fifteenth and sixteenth Pinchgut productions with Armida and Theodora. Its members have played in many acclaimed and admired ensembles in Australia and world wide, including Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium, Concerto Copenhagen, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The English Concert, the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Talens Lyriques and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
The Orchestra’s debut CD and DVD, Handel’s Messiah, drew widespread critical acclaim; a subsequent disc of Bach Arias and Duets with Sara Macliver and Sally Anne Russell quickly became a best seller, and was nominated for an ARIA Award in 2004. The Orchestra’s most recent releases on the ABC Classics label are the complete Brandenburg Concertos (nominated for an ARIA Award in 2012), Mozart’s Requiem, Magnificat with Emma Kirkby, and a disc of Baroque choruses performed with Cantillation, Hallelujah!. Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Cavalli’s Giasone and Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep, as well as Vivaldi’s Griselda, Rameau’s Castor and Pollux and Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, are available on Pinchgut LIVE.
Live projects have included Haydn’s Isola disabitata with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for Hobart Baroque, recitals with David Hansen and Xavier Sabata, Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea for Opera Australia, a return to Hobart Baroque for Handel’s Orlando, and a recital with Andrew Lawrence King for the World Harp Congress.
In 2015 Orchestra of the Antipodes performed in the inaugural Brisbane Baroque festival, playing for Helpmann Award-winning performances of Handel’s Faramondo, as well as Dido and Aeneas, a staged version of Bach’s Coffee Cantata and a program of horn concertos. The Orchestra also received much acclaim for its performance in Pinchgut Opera’s production of Vivaldi’s Bajazet in the middle of the year.
Orchestra of the Antipodes has appeared in Orfeo (2004), Dardanus (2005), Idomeneo (2006), Juditha Triumphans (2007), David & Jonathan (2008), Ormindo (2009), L'anima del filosofo (2010), Griselda (2011), Castor & Pollux (2012), Giasone (2013) and The Chimney Sweep and Iphigenie en Tauride in 2014, Bajazet and L'Amant Jaloux in 2015, Armida and Theodora in 2016 and The Triple Bill and Coronation of Poppea in 2017.