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PINCHGUT OPERA : VIVALDI’S FARNACE @ CITY RECITAL HALL

This is a Baroque opera set in ancient Roman times , yet has been updated to now in a chilling , menacing production at times countered by lyrical , exquisite music.The atmosphere of the set is dark and bleak ( almost like a construction site, or bombed out war zone, with large plastic panels , ladders and scaffolding ) and there is a menacing atmosphere of war and violence throughout .Body bags wrapped in plastic hang ominously and are at various times hauled up and down. There are chalk outlines of people on the back wall which are possibly graffiti , or perhaps hinting at ghosts of the fallen. Costumes are also contemporary including camouflage gear, balaclavas and guns. The overall effect is darkly monochromatic but there are dramatic uses of red.

At the time of writing Vivaldi was at the peak of his career and FARNACE was regarded as one of his great triumphs. Continue reading PINCHGUT OPERA : VIVALDI’S FARNACE @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Pinchgut Opera Presents Bajazet @ The City Recital Hall

Emily Edmonds as Asteria and Hadleigh Adams as Bajazet in Pinchgut Opera's production of BAJAZET.
Emily Edmonds as Asteria and Hadleigh Adams as Bajazet in Pinchgut Opera’s production of BAJAZET.

The latest treasure to be given a southern hemisphere premiere by Pinchgut Opera is Vivaldi’s BAJAZET. Conductor Erin Helyard maintains momentum throughout this lengthy opera written in 1735 with his precise energy, and detailed gestures.

From a time before copyright and performing right laws, this pastiche, or ‘pasticcio’ opera has popular borrowed arias of the time inserted in between Vivaldi’s own music.

Pinchgut Opera’s accomplished early music cast embellish repeats in the large aria structures with fine ornamentation as they sing Giacomelli, Hasse, Broschi as well as Vivaldi’s music from previous works. Continue reading Pinchgut Opera Presents Bajazet @ The City Recital Hall