Arts & Entertainment

Pinchgut Opera – Easter Oratorio & Thunder Ode

Erin Helyard & Orchestra of the Antipodes. Photo: Albert Comper

Pinchgut Opera returns this year with their first performance of the season – two incredibly special pieces performed by a stellar cast. Bach’s 1725 Easter Oratorio and Telemann’s 1755 Thunder Ode will be presented to audiences in Sydney for one night only this April. Pinchgut Opera Artistic Director Erin Helyard says that it will be “an evening of jubilation, elegance, and beauty.” Mezzo-soprano Anna Dowsley will be making her Pinchgut debut for this piece, and rising star Alexandra Oomens will be exhibiting her skill and artistry as soprano. Telemann’s Thunder Ode will be performed for the very first time in the country, and with such a revered cast of musicians and vocalists, this extremely special and unique performance is not to be missed. 

Pinchgut baritone David Greco says that these pieces are stepping back in time, before the conception of opera, into the period of Sacred Music. 

“This marks their [Pinchgut’s] first foray into Sacred Music – the only difference is that opera has a plot and characters…this show is essentially opera but in sacred form,” he said, continuing with, “each song we sing has a theatrical way about it but there is no character persé. We are still telling a story in a way though.” 

The Pinchgut Opera company have a strong repertoire of outstanding shows behind them, and this piece is certainly forecast to be exceptional. Of the piece, baritone David Greco said, “Audiences can expect very good music making. We’ve selected great singers and great instrumentalists. Pinchgut is known for the quality of their orchestra and audiences can definitely look forward to that.”

Apr 7. City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. $49-$153+b.f. Tickets & Info:


By Madison Behringer.