In winter we present Vivaldi’s passionate and powerful Bajazet (Verona, 1735). Weaving together arias by his colleagues and his own freshly composed numbers, Vivaldi has fashioned a sublime tragedy with amazing virtuosic arias, heartfelt lyricism, defeat, betrayal, love, lust and poison.
Our summer season features Grétry’s brilliant comic masterpiece L’Amant Jaloux (The Jealous Lover), first performed in Versailles in 1778. This hugely successful opera, heard and admired by Mozart during his sojourn in France, began a new kind of French musical drama. Glorious orchestral colours and wickedly witty ensemble pieces reveal striking musical and dramatic ideas, embracing the daring new ideals of the Enlightenment, while laying bare the innermost thoughts and feelings of the characters in a way that would inspire Mozart’s partnership with his librettist da Ponte. Mistaken identity, mysterious strangers, duels and a happy ending!
Pinchgut’s 2015 season consolidates and continues our vision: to bring to audiences glorious, unusual operatic experiences combining passion with technical and scholarly excellence.
Tickets on sale 9 February, 2015