Pinchgut Opera made its much-anticipated return to the stage at City Recital Hall in December 2020.
One of Charpentier’s most joyous works, the Messe de Minuit was written in 1694 for midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Based on eleven traditional French carols, the music dances with pure delight.
In a first for Australian audiences, these performances will feature the beautiful sound of the baroque musette, the small bagpipes traditionally heard at Christmas time in France, played by virtuoso Simon Rickard.
We invite you to celebrate the season with us and with the enchanting music of the French baroque.
"This was a performance of subtle grace that was beautiful in its clarity and simplicity, and stylistically sophisticated but without affectation."
- Sydney Morning Herald
"Comfort and joy from Pinchgut Opera, in a Christmas concert of interweaving colours and enchanting hues."
Charpentier Messe de Minuit Boismortier Balet de Village No. 1 Chédeville Noëls Charpentier Salve puerule
Sung in Latin
The performance is approximately 70 minutes, with no interval.
Our first-ever Christmas concert promises no less than an Arcadian escape, much needed after the year that was…
Pinchgut Opera has only once before presented Charpentier’s music. Maybe you remember our production of David and Jonathan from 2008? Musically remarkable for its failure to follow French operatic conventions of the day, it’s a psychological drama with one of the most haunting ghost scenes in all of Baroque opera.
Which might make Erin Helyard’s choice of Charpentier a bit odd for a Christmas concert – yes? [Or maybe not, given the year we’ve had – Ed.]
Well, the good news is that Charpentier’s emotional and dramatic musical palette runs the gauntlet from deeply disturbing as in D&J, through delightfully comic in his collaborations with Molière, and arrives at joyfully uplifting with his Messe de Minuit pour Noël. ‘It really is the perfect piece for a much-needed festive occasion,’ says Erin...