We are delighted to announce this year's production. Written five years before his death Griselda represents perhaps the culmination of his opera writing career, and the crowning glory of his relationship with his most famous pupil Anna Girò (for whom the part of Griselda was written). It was also the first time that Vivaldi received a commission from the most famous theatre in Venice – the Teatro S. Samuele – ending twenty two years of rejection by the great theatres of Vivaldi’s home city. With two such momentous events in his mind Vivaldi wrote the most amazing opera carefully balancing vocal pyrotechnics, expansive orchestral writing and the poignancy of the characters and story.
In both style and form it is vastly different from his Juditha Triumphans (which we performed to great artistic and box office success in 2007). Juditha was an oratorio, and this work for us is the first opera in the galant style since our inaugural production of Handel’s Semele in 2001. It requires a superb cast with great vocal and dramatic skills! We’re very excited about this work, and we know you will be too.
4 performances (Mark your diary’s now):- Wednesday 30 November 7:30 pm; Saturday 3 December 7:30 pm; Sunday 4 December at 5:00 pm; and Monday 5 December 7.30 pm
City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney.
This will be the first Australian production of this work:
Griselda (mezzo): Caitlin Hulcup (In photo above; by Tim South)
Gualterio (tenor): Christopher Saunders
Ottone (countertenor): David Hansen
Costanza (soprano): Miriam Allan
Roberto (countertenor): Tobias Cole
Conductor: Erin Helyard
Director: Mark Gaal
Lighting Designer: Bernie Tan-Hayes
Orchestra of the Antipodes on period instruments.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles (libretto by Apostolo Zeno, revised by Carlo Goldoni). First performed Teatro S. Samuele, Venice 1735.
Box office opens July 2011.
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Here's to a fabulous 2011!