This is a very operatic time in Sydney; the SSO has just done Tristan & Isolde, OA has opened it’s Winter Season with Turadot and now Pinchgut Opera is presenting Vivaldi’s Bajazet at the Recital Hall from 4 July. That’s a lot of opera. Too much? Possibly.
The enterprise most likely to suffer is, in many ways, the most admirable: Pinchgut Opera is being courageous in presenting a second production in the year. The company’s loyal and admiring audience is used to an early December season when the Ballet is in town; Pinchgut will be there again this December with Gretry’s L’Amant Jaloux (The Jealous Lover). But with ambition matching its style, the company is opening a second front in July with Bajazet.
Everyone loves Vivaldi’s superb and popular orchestral works, now with Bajazet there’s the chance to experience ‘a dazzling array of arias’. Conductor Erin Helyard and the Orchestra of the Antipodes are a proven combination; bass-baritone Hadleigh Adams returns from London to sing the title role in a cast that includes the irresistible Sara Macliver. There are just four performances between July 4 – 8 starting early; duration is less than 3 hours.
In recent years, Pinchgut has presented some of the most beautiful and enjoyable opera performances in Sydney. That the company reaches such high standards with virtually no government subsidies is a splendid achievement. If you haven’t experienced them, treat yourself.
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