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Classical Music in Sydney

Classical Music in Sydney

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Some forthcoming performances in Melbourne:

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Vivaldi’s Venice

Xavier de Maistre -  harp

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with Paul Dyer (conductor, harpsichord) and Xavier de Maistre (harp) present Vivaldi’s Venice.

For those who missed Xavier de Maistre's 2018 performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, White Hat strongly suggests that you go out of your way to hear him this time around. As one of the most sought-after soloists in the world we expect he will not disappoint in this program  which includes an adaption for harp and orchestra of ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

  • Vivaldi Concerto for harp (lute) in D major, RV 93
  • Marcello Concerto for harp (oboe) in D minor, S D935
  • Parish Alvars La Mandoline, Op. 84
  • Pescetti Sonata in C minor
  • Vivaldi L’inverno, Concerto for harp (violin) in F minor, RV 297, Op. 8 No. 4
  • Gregori Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 2 No. 2 (Australian Premiere)

Sydney - City Recital Hall, Angel Place
7pm, 26th, 28th & 29th February; 11th & 13th March 2020
2pm, 29th February 2020

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Sir David McVicar’s grand production of Gounod's Faust  for Opera Australia sets the opera in the composer’s own time: the decadence and debauchery of 1870s Paris. Between towering cathedral columns and the crumbling proscenium arch of the theatre, Faust’s terrible pact plays out in all of its sinister splendour.

Faust is grand opera at its very best, with a hefty dose of theatricality and wit from a director renowned for his nuanced productions. French maestro Guillaume Tourniaire leads an exciting cast. Saimir Pirgu sings the title role with the impossibly young Kazakh soprano, Maria Mudryak, as Marguerite. Teddy Tahu Rhodes is dazzling as Méphistophélès.

7pm 10th, 14th, 20th, 26th & 29th February, 6th & 11th March; 12.30pm 22nd February 2010

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Selected Sheet Music