One of the world’s great mezzo-sopranos, Vivica Genaux, joins an ensemble of Australia’s finest early music musicians, led by Erin Helyard for a jaw-dropping evening of Handel, Hasse, Vivaldi and other baroque contemporaries.
This concert promises to be the very best of baroque splendour with stunning melodic lines interspersed with Vivica’s most famous vocal pyrotechnics.
Vivica Genaux is a four-time Grammy-nominated artist who has appeared with some of the world’s most famous early music ensembles, including Europa Galante, Le Concert Spirituel, Les Talens Lyriques and Akademie für Alte Musik. Pinchgut Opera is honoured to bring this phenomenal talent to Melbourne in the brilliant acoustic of the Melbourne Recital Centre for one night only.
She does not sing songs as if they were autobiography, but presents them rather as art.”
— The New York Times
The singer was Vivica Genaux, a mezzo-soprano of Modiglianiesque beauty with a voice of penetrating purity.
— NEW YORK OBSERVER
A singer who is not only in total command of her instrument but totally at ease with it as well.
— The Wall Street Journal
Hasse Overture to Cleofide
Hasse “Son qual misera colomba” from Cleofide
Broschi “Ombra fedele anchio” from Idaspe
Porpora “Come nave in ria tempesta” from Semiramide
Vivaldi Sinfonia in E minor RV 134
Handel “Ho perso il caro ben” from Il Parnasso in festa
Handel “Sta nell’Ircana pietrosa tana” from Alcina
Hasse Sinfonia in F major Op. 6 No. 1
Vivaldi “Mentre dormi, amor fomenti” from L’Olimpiade
Vivaldi “Agitata da due venti” from Griselda
Porpora “Alto Giove” from Polifemo
Hasse Overture to Demofoonte
Vivaldi “Come in vano il mare irato” from Catone in Utica
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.