Sunday’s performance was just stunning and a near sell out, with only 43 seats left. There is nothing like the energy of a live audience – it’s what makes the performance. Music is the heart of what we do and the audience is it’s driving force.
As for live experiences, it is rare to have something that really hits you in the chest, and makes you feel that you have been somewhere special. A “where you there?” moment. We can set everything up in the hope that magic will happen “on the night”:- fine singers, the best line-up of players, clever, innovative direction combined with an great design - but you can’t guarantee magic will happen. I, and many others, think we have something special going on, and you should really come along to the last night –
7.30pm Tuesday 7th December at the City Recital Hall.
Anyway, enough of my gushiness – here is what others have been saying:-
Australian Stage on-line:- “He (Antony Walker) conducts with such care and love of detail, and such passion for each event in the music, that I felt afterwards that I had really been somewhere special last night." Read more HERE.
Today’s The Australia:- “The alert, crisply articulated playing of the Orchestra of the Antipodes realised its strong dynamic contrasts and sudden changes in mood. Fast tempos and vibrant rhythms generated energy and momentum while conductor Antony Walker's care in sustaining balance and textural clarity illuminated Haydn's evocative sonorities.” Read more HERE.
More audience comments:-
Must say I was uplifted by the performance last night, I know when something has thrilled me because I want to go out in the street and sing out aloud! A bit scary really because I truly can’t sing... but it is my litmus test for a good show.
I am almost lost for words. It was a thrilling night, with great performances from all the principals, and the orchestra. The direction and staging were terrific. The set was brilliant, and the lighting worked wonderfullly, especially at the climax. Euridyce is beautiful in every way and acts like a dream - I hope we see a lot of her in the future. Orfeo's voice was meltingly sweet and totally appropriate, the kind of tenor I love. Creon was a commanding and sorrowful figure, also in great voice. I think there's much to be said for coming on closing night, when the show is likely to be at its peak. My guests and I were all enraptured.
"L'anima del filosofo was my fifth Pinchgut production, and I can only regret that it took me so long to discover you. The music and singing were superb, as always, but I thought the staging the best yet. It was my companion's first experience of Pinchgut, and her natural enthusiasm reached new heights."
"After seeing my first Pinchgut production on thursday night (in which I now regret putting off for the last few years) I was absolutely blown away and I'm already keen for next years production, whatever that may be. The orchestra in good form was sounding at their best with a crisp articulate 'classical' sound. I now understand why Cantillation is an absolute favourite, filling the hall with their precision. Kudos to all involved, I will definitely be back next year."
"I attended the opening night last Thursday and, I have to say, Pinchgut Opera’s performances get better every time. It was stunning from beginning to end – a truly memorable performance. The singing, creative staging and costumes were first class and the drama of the opera got right to the heart. Well done, Pinchgut. We will be back for more in the years to come if you keep up this standard."
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday night!