Featuring works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Cesti and Charpentier, Pinchgut brings you a season brimming with the greatest Baroque opera and vocal music ever written.
A year to uplift your spirits, make you revel in delight and be swept away by the power and emotion of epic storytelling at its best.
A concert featuring some of the most sublime sacred music ever written.
THE SPIRITUAL FOREST
BY CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI
SAT 2 APR 2PM I SUN 3 APR 5PM CITY RECITAL HALL, SYDNEY
The Spiritual Forest is drawn from Monteverdi’s Selva morale e spirituale (1641), his great anthology of liturgical works composed during his career in Venice. It was to be the last collection of Monteverdi’s music published in his lifetime, and represents the final flowering of his great genius.
"Duty and passion, old flames and new flings, music and wine all come head-to-head in a riotous night at the opera."
Constantine Costi, Director
BY ANTONIO CESTI
THU 26 MAY 7PM I SAT 28 MAY 2PM I SUN 29 MAY 5PM | TUE 31 MAY 7PM I WED 1 JUN 7PM CITY RECITAL HALL, SYDNEY
Irresistibly charming and wickedly funny, Orontea deftly combines Cesti’s melodic inventiveness with Cicognini’s clever and comic libretto.
Orontea features an artfully assembled cast led by stunning soprano Anna Dowsley – star of the film A Delicate Fire – together with Pinchgut fan-favourites Max Riebl, David Greco, Jacqueline Dark and Andrew O’Connor. New Zealand tenor Jonathan Abernathy joins American soprano Sofia Troncoso in their Pinchgut opera debuts.
Be transported to Vivaldi’s Venice by the stunning sounds of the world’s best Baroque specialists, led by Erin Helyard.
WOMEN OF THE PIETÀ
BY ANTONIO VIVALDI
SAT 10 SEP 2PM I SUN 11 SEP 5PM CITY RECITAL HALL, SYDNEY
An unmissable concert experience featuring star soprano Miriam Allan with a crack ensemble of singers and players to re-create the splendour and sound of the music performed by the women and girls at Vivaldi’s Ospedale della Pietà, the renowned home for orphaned girls in Venice where Vivaldi was master of the violin.
Don’t miss this extraordinary and unique concert event that celebrates Vivaldi’s timeless beauty.
The greatest opera of the entire French Baroque era.
BY MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER
THU 1 DEC 7PM I SAT 3 DEC 2PM I SUN 4 DEC 5PM | TUE 6 DEC 7PM I WED 7 DEC 7PM CITY RECITAL HALL, SYDNEY
Originally scheduled in Pinchgut Opera’s 2020 season, the greatest opera of the French Baroque era finally takes the stage in 2022. Médée is high drama and emotion: French tragédie lyrique in its most classic form. The sorceress Médée is driven by desperation and the abandonment of her lover Jason to do the unthinkable, and ultimately murder her own children.
Charpentier’s sensual lyricism and dramatic insight take us deep inside the mind and heart of this powerful and damaged woman who refuses to be a victim – even at the cost of her own flesh and blood.