Pinchgut rounds off a spectacular year with Handel’s Theodora, a succession of dramatic arias and choruses that promise to be a profoundly moving and achingly beautiful experience.
In the last twenty years, Handel’s second last oratorio and his favourite work, Theodora, has come to be recognised as one of the baroque composer’s greatest masterpieces. Lindy Hume directs this tale of innocence, love, faith and courage in ancient Rome struck down by blind hatred and the thirst for power.
The beautiful young Theodora has inspired many to embrace the Christian faith – including the Roman officer Didymus, who has fallen deeply in love with her. When the order comes through that all Christians are to be arrested and executed, the two lovers find themselves locked in a battle to the death – each determined to sacrifice their own life to save the other.
An extraordinary company of international and Australian talent has been engaged to present this stunning, rarely performed opera.
Australian soprano Valda Wilson will perform the role of Theodora and mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup is her devoted friend Irene. One of the world’s leading countertenors Christopher Lowrey will sing the role of Didymus, English tenor and Pinchgut audience favourite Ed Lyon performs the role of Septimius, with bass baritone Andrew Collis as Valens. Pinchgut’s official chorus Cantillation and the Orchestra of the Antipodes will complete the experience.
Pinchgut Opera focuses on new creations of rediscovered masterpieces, bringing the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to life with intelligence and passion. Pinchgut performances are presented in the intimate surroundings and superb acoustics of Sydney’s City Recital Hall.