The Travelling Tenor’s ‘Coronations, Castles & Cakes’
3 days of Opera Adventure around Sydney
Departs Thursday 30 November 2017
Celebrate the 450th birthday of Monteverdi by joining the Travelling Tenor for a 3 day experience in the heart of Sydney.
Attend the opening night of Pinchgut Opera’s production of Coronation of Poppea, starring ‘The Travelling Tenor’ himself, and enjoy the rarely seen Bluebeard’s Castle with Bach & Brahms, presented by the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House.
PLUS – An exclusive Meet & Greet with stars of Coronation of Poppea, Helen Sherman (Poppea) and the Travelling Tenor, Adam Player (Lucano) over an indulgent high tea at the historic NSW Parliament, the oldest parliament house in Australia.
Coronation of Poppea
No human nor divine heart shall defy Cupid
Celebrating 450 years since the birth of Monteverdi, Pinchgut Opera proudly presents one of the greatest operas of all time, Coronation of Poppea.
Coronation of Poppea charts the consuming erotic obsession of the Emperor Nero for the beautiful Poppea Sabina. Ruthlessly sweeping aside anyone who stands in the way of their union – including Nero’s wife Octavia and the poet and philosopher Seneca – Nero and Poppea triumph over all their opponents and rejoice in one of the most sensuous and exquisitely beautiful duets, “Pur ti miro”.
Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Company: Pinchgut Opera
Conductor: Erin Helyard
Director: Mark Gaal
Bluebeard’s Castle with Bach and Brahms
Be Overwhelmed by the Depth and Power of Music
Experience the drama of Bluebeard’s Castle with two vocal masterpieces to get us prepared for this powerful and moving program.
Bluebeard’s Castle is a spectacular one-act opera, in which the fairy tale becomes a vivid Expressionist psychodrama, as Bluebeard and Judith (the latest wife) enact the timeless struggle between the desire for intimacy and the fear of revealing our secrets. It resonates with visual and musical symbolism – the terror and richness of Bluebeard’s domain, the opulent colours and the brilliant, blinding climax. Bartók opens doors to the soul, and David Robertson steps back in time to expand on the theme.
In one of Bach’s best-loved cantatas the soul makes peace with the world of suffering and embraces the hereafter. And Brahms’s beautiful Alto Rhapsody is the anguished prayer of a solitary, anguished heart.
JS BACH Cantata No.82 – Ich habe genug
BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody
BARTÓK Bluebeard’s Castle
Company: Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David Robertson
NSW Parliament House
With panoramic views overlooking Sydney’s iconic domain, indulge in the finest high tea in an exclusive room usually reserved for members of Parliament, visiting dignitaries and even royalty.
Head Chef David Learmonth has used some of NSW’s finest produce to create an elegant new menu with sweet and savoury delicacies such as Berkshire pork terrine, mushroom bagels, red velvet swiss rolls and macadamia soda scones.
Served on our bespoke Wedgwood china, this is a truly unique opportunity to sit down for tea in Australia’s first and oldest Parliament, one of the most significant political and cultural institutions in NSW.
QT Hotel, Sydney
With an eye for modern design whilst reflective of past, the 200 guest suites that make up the QT Sydney hotel have been carefully crafted within the historic Gowings and State theatre buildings. This boutique accommodation Sydney retains many of the buildings most distinctive features, such as the blend of Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate influenced architecture that form the dazzling exterior of the building.
With a contemporary and, at times, quirky design, all guestrooms feature creature comforts such as luxurious bedding, free WiFi, walk-in showers and most guest suites also offer an indulgent oversized soaking tub.