Pinchgut Opera has announced its 2015 Season, with two contrasting operas that are typically in line with the company’s ambitious entrepreneurial vision.

For the first time this year, the company presented a season line-up of two operas; Salieri’s hilarious Der Rauchfangkehrer, (The Chimney Sweep) performed in July, and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, to be performed this summer. The company, which was founded in 2002, had previously only managed one outing per year. Next season, they will again represent the dramatic binary of comedy and tragedy.

“Pinchgut’s 2015 season consolidates and continues our vision to bring to audiences glorious, unusual operatic experiences combining passion, technical and scholarly excellence,” says Erin Helyard, Co-Artistic Director for Pinchgut Opera, and conductor for the two pieces.

The winter season will see Pinchgut taking on Vivaldi’s Bajazet, a rarely performed operatic tragedy, premiered in Verona in 1735. An opera of romantic entanglement and love triangles, Bajazettells the tale of a struggle for power between Bajazet, ruler of the Turks, and Tamerlano, ruler of the Tartars. When Bajazet’s daughter Asteria is threatened with marriage to the invading ruler, she conspires to murder him. The plot thickens after Tamerlano’s former betrothed, Irene,...