Athalia

Music, Classical and opera
Athalia
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Handel's oratorio gets the Pinchgut treatment with Lindy Hume directing soprano Emma Pearson

Pinchgut Opera is one of the unsung heroes of Australia’s classical music scene with its unerring dedication to unearthing hidden treasures from the Baroque period and its mission to prioritise performers and music over expensive production values. Following on from the success of their 2016 production of Theodora, the company is back with another Handel masterpiece, Athalia. First performed in 1733 at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, it’s often referred to as “the first great English oratorio”, yet is rarely performed on contemporary stages. Soprano Emma Pearson takes the lead in this production by former Sydney Festival director Lindy Hume.

By: Polly Simons

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