Vivica Genaux in Hasse's Artaserse

In triumph of casting and repertoire, Pinchgut Opera is proud to present four-time Grammy Award-nominated queen of opera Vivica Genaux with an all-star cast.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Thurs 29 Nov 7pm | Sat 1 Dec 2pm | Sun 2 Dec 5pm | Tues 4 Dec 7pm | Wed 5 Dec 7pm

City Recital Hall Sydney

Hasse's Artaserse

Vivica Genaux stars as Mandane, beloved of Arbace, who is accused of murdering her father to ascend to his throne.

Will she stand by him, and what is the truth?

Pinchgut favourite and Australian star David Hansen takes on the role that Farinelli made famous, and the remarkable Helpmann Award-winning countertenor Carlo Vistoli joins them in the role of villainous Artabano. We can’t quite believe we’ve brought these incredible talents together for this extraordinary musical event.

Hasse's Artaserse has never been performed in Australia, and Pinchgut Opera is excited to revive this work under the sure hand of our Helpman Award winning Artistic Director Erin Helyard.


An astounding talent with incredible stage presence.

— The Australian on Vivica Genaux

You’ll probably never see or hear a better countertenor.

— The Herald Sun on David Hansen



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of Artaserse

Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. 
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