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Sydney's Surprising Opera Company


Pinchgut Opera was set up in Sydney Australia in 2001 to give audiences a different experience of opera. We present operas not often presented by major companies and in an intimate space where the audience is close to the music. One of our aims is to involve people more closely in the music and production of the opera and this blog is part of that. Our 2010 production is Haydn's L'anima del filosofo: Orpheus & Euridice, opening at City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney on Thursday 2 December.

People of Pinchgut:-
Artistic Directors Erin Helyard & Antony Walker

Artistic Administrator Alison Johnston

General Manager Anna Cerneaz
 (that's me, who writes this blog)
Production Manager Andrew Johnston
Chair Elizabeth Nielsen
Board Members: Ken Nielsen John Pitman
Patrons: Kenneth W Tribe, Moya Henderson

Anna Cerneaz, Pinchgut Opera
Ph: 02 9389 8117 or 0412 093 063
PO Box 309, Edgecliff NSW 2027

Pinchgut Opera, December 2010
L'anima del filosofo (Orpheus and Euridice)
by Joseph Haydn

In December this year Pinchgut Opera presents - Haydn's L'anima del filosofo: Orpheus & Euridice - at City Recital Hall Angel Place opening on Thursday 2 December. Composed in 1791, this work was Haydn's last opera and this is its first Australian production. Haydn's Orpheus is an opera in Italian and is based on the myth of Orpheus and Euridice as told in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The story of Orpheus has fascinated composers and librettists over the centuries.

The cast will include soprano Elena Xanthoudakis as the double part of Euridice/Genio and tenor Andrew Goodwin as Orfeo. The opera makes extensive use of the chorus, which will be Cantillation, and Antony Walker will conduct a classical orchestra (Orchestra of the Antipodes) that will include Erin Helyard playing fortepiano.

Pinchgut Opera began in 2001 as an idea to give audiences a different experience of opera and make opera accessible to a whole new audience. Its aim is to showcase Australian talent, performing fascinating lesser-known masterpieces in an intimate venue with an excellent acoustic.

There will be 4 performances ( 2, 4, 5, 7 December 2010) at the City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney. Box office will open in July. To join the newsletter list please email Anna Cerneaz on or ph: 02 9389 8117.

“The fairy lights go up in Martin Place and the houselights go down in City Recital Hall this resilient and enormously talented bunch of artists present their annual foray into neglected operatic treasures” (Sydney Morning Herald).