Opera Australia and Pinchgut Opera – two leading Australian opera companies – have joined forces for an unprecedented collaboration, presenting Theodora in Concert at the iconic Sydney Opera House. 

This groundbreaking partnership signifies Opera Australia’s first programming of a George Frideric Handel opera in a decade, offering audiences a rare opportunity to experience Handel’s compelling score performed in English by some of Australia’s top early music specialists.

Known for showcasing seldom-performed masterpieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, Pinchgut Opera will make its stage debut at the Sydney Opera House as part of this special collaboration. Erin Helyard, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera will bring his expertise to the conductor’s podium, while acclaimed opera director Lindy Hume will provide creative oversight.

Theodora’s titular role will be portrayed by Australian soprano Samantha Clarke, marking her return to the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage after a widely praised debut as Violetta in Opera Australia’s presentation of La Traviata in January.

American countertenor Christopher Lowrey, making his debut with Opera Australia, is set to showcase his acclaimed portrayal of Didymus. This performance follows his well-received rendition at the MusikTheater an der Wien in Austria. Notably, Lowrey previously took on the role of Didymus in Pinchgut’s fully staged opera production of Theodora in 2016.

Australian mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman, nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female Performer in Opera for her role in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Pinchgut, will make her debut with both the company and the role of Irene.

Melbourne tenor Michael Petruccelli and ARIA-nominated baritone David Greco, known for their appearances with both Opera Australia and Pinchgut in various productions across Australia, will grace the stage as Septimius and Valens, respectively.

Joining this stellar cast are Pinchgut’s Chorus, Cantillation, and the highly acclaimed Orchestra of Antipodes, performing on period instruments under the direction of Erin Helyard on harpsichord.

  • Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
  • When: February 8 and 9, 2024
  • Adult tickets from $72 (fees may apply)
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