Emily Edmonds

Emily Edmonds. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Alumni perform in Pinchgut Opera's production of Hasse's Artaserse

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For the first time since 1740 in Dresden, Pinchgut Opera is reviving Hasse's successful and popular 18th century opera Artaserse, starring mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux in the role of Mandane.

It was exciting to learn that countertenor David Hanson, mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds, tenor Andrew Goodwin and countertenor Russell Harcourt, who are all members of the Sydney Eisteddfod alumni, will be performing in this exciting revival of Hasse's work.

David, Emily, Andrew and Russell demonstrated incredible talent in classical singing events over the years and Sydney Eisteddfod is delighted to see them excelling in professional careers. 

Pinchgut Opera is unique in its mission to present 17th and 18th century repertoire complete with period instruments to Australian audiences. Conductor Erin Helyard says that Artaserse showcases the best of 18th century opera and could be described as an operatic psychological thriller that centres around the conflict between public duty and private desire.

Pinchgut Opera presents Vivica Genaux in Hasse's Artaserse at Sydney's City Recital Hall from 29 November - 5 December 2018 before heading to Melbourne.

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