The latest Baroque masterpiece to be rediscovered by Pinchgut Opera, Vivaldi’s passionate and powerful Bajazet will be performed for the first time in the southern hemisphere at Sydney’s City Recital Hall from 4 to 8 July 2015.
Bajazet is a rarely performed operatic gem that premiered in Verona in 1735. The performance features an array of brilliant arias designed to showcase the incredible talents of the Baroque artists.
Covering themes of betrayal, love and lust, Bajazet tells a tale full of romantic entanglement and love triangles. Tamerlano, Emperor of the Tartars, has conquered Bajazet, Emperor of the Turks, but desires the hand of Bajazet’s daughter Asteria.
Meanwhile Tamerlano has already promised to marry Irene, princess of Trebisond. To solve his problem, Tamerlano hands Irene off to Andronico, his Greek ally. However, Andronico is also in love with Asteria.
Directed by the acclaimed Thomas de Mallet Burgess, Bajazet features an exceptional cast including Hadleigh Adams in the title role (Castor & Pollux), alongside American counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey (Faramondo). The performance will also see a number of exceptional period instrument players from Australia and around the world in the Orchestra of the Antipodes, led by Matthew Greco.
Pinchgut Opera is known to bring audiences glorious, unusual operatic experiences combining passion, technical and scholarly excellence. Bajazet will deliver a stunning performance with vocal fireworks and melting moments of pure beauty.
Conductor: Erin Helyard Director: Thomas de Mallet Burgess Cast: Hadleigh Adams, Christopher Lowrey, Helen Sherman, Emily Edmonds, Russell Harcourt, Sara Macliver Designer: Alicia Clement Lighting Designer: Matthew Marshall Orchestra Leader: Matthew Greco
City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
Performances: 4 – 8 July 2015
Bookings: (02) 8256 2222 or online at: www.cityrecitalhall.com
For more information, visit: www.pinchgutopera.com.au for details.
Image: Hadleigh Adams as Bajazet – photo by Keith Saunders