Messe de Minuit

Celebrate the season with Pinchgut

City Recital Hall Sydney  |  Sat 05 Dec 2020, 2pm & 7pm |  Sun 06 Dec 2020, 5pm
Live concert tickets and digital concert passes available now


Messe de Minuit

Pinchgut Opera makes its much-anticipated return to the stage at City Recital Hall this December.

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.


Charpentier Messe de Minuit
Boismortier Balet de Village No. 1
Chédeville Noëls
Charpentier Salve puerule

Sung in Latin

The performance will last approximate 70 minutes, with no interval.

Live concert tickets $55 - $142
City Recital Hall, Sydney
5 & 6 December, 2020

Digital Concert Pass

Messe de Minuit will also be available as a digital concert via Pinchgut At Home. Our professionally filmed and recorded performance at City Recital Hall will be available for you to watch at home on your computer, tablet or smartphone: the next best thing to being there in person. 

Digital Concert Pass $30

Messe de Minuit Digital Concert premieres on Pinchgut at Home, Thursday 10 December and is available for unlimited viewing until midnight Saturday 26 December.

If you have received a credit on your ticketing account from postponed or cancelled Pinchgut Opera performances, this can only be redeemed for live performance tickets. This credit cannot be applied to digital concert tickets or any Pinchgut at Home digital content.


Concerts will remain at 50% for the comfort of our audience members who would prefer the guarantee of one or two empty seats on either side of their seat, and bookings of a maximum of two people.

For Pinchgut Opera's COVID safety information for audiences, click here.

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A very Charpentier Christmas

By Genevieve Lang
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...


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