This new production of Farnace overwhelms with delight.
Brett Boardman/Pinchgut Opera
Vivaldi’s Farnace is a masterpiece of 17th century opera, but has been largely forgotten. This new production is the best revival production by Pinchgut Opera yet.
Fernando Guimarâes and Brenton Spiteri in The Return of Ulysses.
If The Return of Ulysses is not Monteverdi’s most inspired creation, it is close to it. And Pinchgut Opera’s premiere may have been the first time this wonderful work was presented professionally in Australia.
American mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux in the lead female role of Mandane in Artaserse.
Artaserse is an old Roman fable of treachery and the ethical power of clemency that becomes a psychological study of conflicting desires.
Jake Arditti (Nero) in Coronation of Poppea: the production is a haze of drug-fuelled violence, erotic drive, and dog eat dog power plays.
The Monteverdi opera exploring passion in ancient Rome has been transposed to a contemporary gangster setting in a new Sydney production.
Valda Wilson as Theodora: a triumph.
© Robert Catto/Pinchgut Opera
This brilliant production of Handel’s Theodora, written in 1750, has great contemporary resonance.