Pinchgut Opera - Sydney
15 December 2018

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Artaserse

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Hasse is given glorious voice in this fascinating performance by Pinchgut Opera
5 Dec 18 / Australian Book Review
Hasse's Artaserse receives its Australian première
4 Dec 18 / Bachtrack
Four-time Grammy Award-nominated special guest star Vivica Genaux shines
3 Dec 18 / Performing Arts Hub
A production no serious student of early music should miss
30 Nov 18 / Australian Stage Online
Strong music making, including a compelling performance by Vivica Genaux, is hampered by hands-off direction
30 Nov 18 / Limelight
Athalia

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 6

Whenever Emma Pearson swept on to the stage the dramatic temperature rose
28 Jun 18 / Australian Book Review
Athalia is musically excellent with a solid staging
26 Jun 18 / Performing Arts Hub
Pinchgut brings yet more exciting surprises to opera with Handel’s Athalia
26 Jun 18 / The Conversation
Pinchgut Opera's Athalia in Sydney: fabulous performance marred by directiorial problems
26 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
An interesting production not without its problems, balanced by some strong performances
23 Jun 18 / Limelight
Lindy Hume couldn’t coax drama out of this work
23 Jun 18 / Australian Stage Online
L'incoronazione di Poppea

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 5

A triumph for Pinchgut Opera and a great celebration of Monteverdi’s 450th birthday
4 Dec 17 / Stage Noise
Pinchgut Opera’s retelling of The Coronation of Poppea reflects our times
4 Dec 17 / The Australian (via Google)
The performers engaged with the music and demands of the staging with aplomb
4 Dec 17 / Australian Book Review
A theatrical and musical experience unlike any other
2 Dec 17 / Australian Stage Online
A bold, mostly considered take on Monteverdi's potent tale of sex, power and violence
1 Dec 17 / Limelight
Pygmalion

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Performers overcome clutter in Rameau’s Anacreon and Pigmalion
20 Jun 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Disconnected dégustation
20 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Lightweight diversions
20 Jun 17 / The Opera Critic
A triple bill of delicious intermezzi by Pinchgut
19 Jun 17 / Performing Arts Hub
Picture perfect
17 Jun 17 / A Cunning Blog
A complex interweaving of plots and realities – with fantastic music
16 Jun 17 / Limelight
Pinchgut Opera's delightful insight
16 Jun 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Erighetta e Don Chilone

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Performers overcome clutter in Rameau’s Anacreon and Pigmalion
20 Jun 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Disconnected dégustation
20 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Lightweight diversions
20 Jun 17 / The Opera Critic
A triple bill of delicious intermezzi by Pinchgut
19 Jun 17 / Performing Arts Hub
Picture perfect
17 Jun 17 / A Cunning Blog
Pinchgut Opera's delightful insight
16 Jun 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
A complex interweaving of plots and realities – with fantastic music
16 Jun 17 / Limelight
Anacreon

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 7

Disconnected dégustation
20 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Performers overcome clutter in Rameau’s Anacreon and Pigmalion
20 Jun 17 / The Australian (via Google)
Lightweight diversions
20 Jun 17 / The Opera Critic
A triple bill of delicious intermezzi by Pinchgut
19 Jun 17 / Performing Arts Hub
Picture perfect
17 Jun 17 / A Cunning Blog
A complex interweaving of plots and realities – with fantastic music
16 Jun 17 / Limelight
Pinchgut Opera's delightful insight
16 Jun 17 / Sydney Morning Herald
Theodora

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 6

A musical, if not dramatic, triumph in Sydney
3 Dec 16 / Bachtrack
Pinchgut’s Theodora brings the irrational power of love to uncertain times
3 Dec 16 / The Conversation
The two principal parts were both performed with consummate, sometimes breathtaking virtuosity
2 Dec 16 / Australian Stage Online
Valda Wilson’s Theodora was no simpering virgin maid but a strong woman
2 Dec 16 / Australian Book Review
Inspired musical values and post-Trump passions let down by awkward staging
1 Dec 16 / Limelight
Seraphic beauty fit for the choirs of angels
1 Dec 16 / Sydney Morning Herald
Caitlin Hulcup on Handel's Theodora and celebrating Xmas
The Australian mezzo is finishing off her year with Pinchgut Opera's latest show and SwanSongs Perth.
Armida

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Star turns (and zombies) help Haydn's musical sorceress cast her spell
1 Jul 16 / Limelight
Confusion has such lovely music!
25 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Antony Walker caressed near-perfect balance and delicious warmth out of the whole orchestra
24 Jun 16 / Australian Stage Online
Music wins in Pinchgut's magic tale of warriors and witches
24 Jun 16 / Sydney Morning Herald
L’Amant jaloux

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 5

This is one of Pinchgut’s best explorations yet of opera obscura
5 Jan 16 / Opera Britannia
Sublimely ridiculous: Grétry’s L’Amant jaloux another hit for Pinchgut Opera
9 Dec 15 / Bachtrack
It's frivolous, frothy, and fun, and amazingly well performed
5 Dec 15 / Australian Stage Online
A testament to the vivacity of Australian music culture
4 Dec 15 / Limelight
Pinchgut Opera plays lovers' tiffs for laughs
4 Dec 15 / Sydney Morning Herald
Pocket-sized companies keeping opera interesting
Not all Australian opera is frilly, federally funded fare. Pinchgut Opera airs a forgotten masterpiece of fun – L’amant jaloux – with a young cast in the finest of voice.
Bajazet

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Once again, Pinchgut has dressed up a rather dubious candidate in lovely finery
7 Aug 15 / Opera Britannia
Pinchgut Opera concocts a striking Vivaldi pasticcio
8 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
The latest offering from Pinchgut Opera more than meets the company's previously high standards
8 Jul 15 / Performing Arts Hub
The musical achievement for this entire production is absolutely staggering
6 Jul 15 / Daily Review
Pinchgut Opera's gripping tale a glorious triumph of intensity
5 Jul 15 / Sydney Morning Herald
Iphigenie en Tauride

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 5

Iphigénie en Tauride receives a Rolls Royce treatment
1 Jan 15 / Opera Britannia
Iphigénie en Tauride is superb and makes for a great early Christmas gift
8 Dec 14 / Performing Arts Hub
Compelling and uncomplicated Iphegénie en Tauride storms into Sydney
5 Dec 14 / Bachtrack
A work of pure theatrical magic
4 Dec 14 / The Conversation
A dramatic feast even the gods approve of
4 Dec 14 / Sydney Morning Herald
Pinchgut draws ex-pat stars back for Iphigenie en Tauride
Caitlin Hulcup and Grant Doyle might not be familiar to Sydney opera-goers. They seldom perform in Australia. Pinchgut Opera's Iphigenie en Tauride is their first production together.
The Chimney Sweep

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 4

Eighteenth-century Salieri romp given new life by Pinchgut Opera
8 Jul 14 / Bachtrack
A robust, enthusiastic production
7 Jul 14 / Australian Stage Online
Pinchgut gets back to basics with Salieri’s cleverly crafted singspiel
7 Jul 14 / The Australian (via Google)
Pinchgut Opera rediscovers a long-forgotten treasure
6 Jul 14 / Sydney Morning Herald
Pinchgut Opera punches above its weight
The small Sydney based company brings Salieri's comic hit The Chimney Sweep back to life.
Giasone

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 5

This impressive revival makes it hard to understand how Cavalli’s racy opera ever became neglected
13 Dec 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
A fresh and lively winner
8 Dec 13 / Sydney Morning Herald
Carry on Cavalli complete with musical mix-ups, mayhem and Jason in the tub
6 Dec 13 / Limelight
Lust and the libretto
An earthly desire drives the most rarefied of art forms.
Pinchgut's bid for the Golden Fleece
David Hansen takes the philandering title role in a 400-year-old opera receiving its Aussie premiere next month.
Castor et Pollux

Pinchgut Opera


No. of reviews: 5

An awesome trek through the cosmos
11 Dec 12 / The Berkshire Review
Music the real hero in this tale of brotherly love and sacrifice
10 Dec 12 / Sydney Morning Herald
Pinchgut Opera offers a marvellous performance of Rameau's Castor et Pollux in Sydney
10 Dec 12 / Bachtrack
Altogether another triumph
9 Dec 12 / Australian Stage Online
Another great success from Pinchgut Opera
8 Dec 12 / Time Out
Starry nights for Pinchgut
Twin talk with Castor And Pollux.
Star-crossed Bromance of the French Baroque
Pinchgut Opera explores Rameau’s bizarre operatic love triangle in Castor & Pollux.
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Performance schedule
Monteverdi
13 to 19 Jun 2019
Vivaldi
4 to 10 Dec 2019

News & Articles

Pinchgut Opera announces 2019 aeason
The Pinchgut Opera has announced its 2019 season, which will feature two operas, two concerts, and performances in two different cities.
3 Aug 2018 / OperaWire
Pinchgut Opera announces 2018 season
Pinchgut Opera's 2018 season sees some very exciting and bold directions with an Australian premiere production by 18th century master Hasse.
3 Aug 2017 / Broadway World
Pocket-sized companies keeping opera interesting
Not all Australian opera is frilly, federally funded fare. Pinchgut Opera airs a forgotten masterpiece of fun – L’amant jaloux – with a young cast in the finest of voice.
3 Dec 2015 / The Guardian
Pinchgut draws ex-pat stars back for Iphigenie en Tauride
Caitlin Hulcup and Grant Doyle might not be familiar to Sydney opera-goers. They seldom perform in Australia. Pinchgut Opera's Iphigenie en Tauride is their first production together.
1 Dec 2014 / Sydney Morning Herald
Pinchgut Opera brings rarities to the stage for 2015 season
Pinchgut Opera will perform the southern hemisphere's first ever performance of the Vivaldi tragedy Bajazet in July and Andre Gretry's comedy L'Amant Jaloux in December.
26 Sep 2014 / Sydney Morning Herald

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