Pinchgut Opera, the Sydney-based opera company specialising in historically-informed performances of music from the Baroque period, has announced the launch of a new digital season commencing Thursday 9 September.

Pinchgut Opera Digital Season

With live performance still halted in Sydney and Melbourne, Pinchgut Opera is moving online for a Spring Digital Season over the last four months of the year, starting with the re-release of A Delicate Fire.  The acclaimed film tribute to Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi stars mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley and the beloved late soprano Taryn Fiebig in one of her final recorded projects. With an all-Australian cast of musicians, and direction by Constantine Costi, the film was produced during last year’s lockdowns.

Each month until December, a new production will be added to the platform, all four of which were recorded during the last year or so. After the release of A Delicate Fire in September, Mitchell Butel’s lauded production of Cavalli’s The Loves of Apollo & Dafne will be released on 7 October. The colourful production, which premiered at Sydney’s City Recital Hall in May this year, stars Australian soprano Alexandra Oomens and countertenor Max Riebl in the titular roles, as well as baritone David Hidden, bass-baritone Andrew O’Connor, and 2021 Limelight Artist of the Year nominee Jaqueline Dark.

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Anna Dowsley in A Delicate Fire

November will see the release of Monteverdi’s Vespers, recorded in March, featuring soloists tenor Louis Hurley, soprano Anna Sandström, and inaugural Taryn Fiebig Scholar Chloe Lankshear.

Finally, December will see Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, also recorded at City Recital Hall late last year. A 1690 Christmas mass, which heavily features well-known French songs of the time, this concert recording features sopranos Lankshear and Anna Fraser, tenors Eric Peterson and Nicholas Jones, and baritone David Greco.

All four of these performances feature the Orchestra of the Antipodes, lead by Pinchgut Artistic Director Erin Helyard.

Unlimited access until 31 December, 2021 for each production can be purchased for $20 individually, or $50 for a season pass to all four.

More information and tickets for Pinchgut’s Digital Season can be found here.

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