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Handel's Belshazzar

6:30pm 11th November 2017 - 10:15pm 11th November 2017

Event Details

Venue Name: Elder Hall
Venue Address: North Terrace, Adelaide
Event Type: SA
Cost: adults $45, student/pens./unemp. $40, school children $15
Choir(s): Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus

Booking Details

The Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus will give the South Australian premiere of Handel’s Belshazzar, conducted by Graham Abbott, at Elder Hall on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Belshazzar is one of Handel’s least known but most exciting, colourful and dramatically unified oratorios. A powerful study in decadence and political vicissitudes, it weaves the familiar story (in the Book of Daniel) of the siege and fall of Babylon with the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and historical accounts by Herodotus and Xenophon.

Like Handel's masterpiece Messiah, which was written three years earlier, Belshazzar offers dramatic recitatives, serene melodies, arias of grave beauty, moments of hushed reflection and thrilling choruses.

Graham Abbott, in fulfilling a long-held dream to conduct this work, continues to inspire Chorus and audiences through the magnificent music of Handel.

A chamber orchestra led by Carolyn Lam will accompany the Chorus.

Soloists are all Adelaideans, either returning from interstate or overseas, or now resident. Husband and wife, Robert and Kate Macfarlane, perform the roles of mother (Nitocris) and son (Belshazzar).

Robert Macfarlane – Belshazzar
Praised for his “blissful, clarion top” and “remarkable capacity for mastering works that would daunt most singers”, tenor Robert Macfarlane has performed in venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Thomaskirche Leipzig, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Chapelle Royale Versailles and the Opera National de Lyon in repertoire spanning from the late renaissance to the present day. He is an active performer on the opera stage, and was a pupil of the great German tenor Peter Schreier.

Kate Macfarlane – Nitocris
Coloratura soprano Kate Macfarlane specialises in Baroque and Contemporary Classical Music. During her recent residence in Germany, Kate sang the world premiere season of Anno Schreier’s Prinzessin im Eis for Theater Aachen. This year sees Kate performing Haydn’s Theresienmesse with Unitatemelos in Münster, Germany, and debut her one-woman Baroque Cabaret entitled La Virtuosissima Cantatrice in Adelaide.

Sally-Anne Russell – Cyrus
Adelaide born Sally-Anne Russell has performed in twenty countries and has over 40 CD’s /DVDs with ABC Classics, CHANDOS, NAXOS and DECCA labels.

She has performed over 70 operatic roles and has sung with Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir Andrew Davis, Bramwell Tovey, Simone Young, Sir Richard Bonygne, Nicholas McGegan, Bruno Weill, and most recently Sumi Jo.

2016/2017 highlights include Voyage to the Moon for Victorian Opera/Musica Viva, concerts with the Melbourne, Sydney, West Australian, Tasmanian, Auckland, Christchurch, New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. Sally-Anne is a member of the Kathaumixw Festival International Artistic Council in Canada and has upcoming concerts in Germany, Austria and NZ.

Matthew Rutty – Daniel
Matthew Rutty, countertenor, is a regular soloist with many of Adelaide’s leading choirs and ensembles. He has sung several Handel oratorio roles for Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus, including Handel’s Messiah (2015) and Israel in Egypt (2014).

Jeremy Tatchell – Gobrius
New Zealand-born Jeremy Tatchell made his debut for State Opera SA (SOSA) in 2011 and was made a young & emerging artist through the James & Diana Ramsay Foundation Opera Program in 2014 and 2015. He has achieved extensive performance experience in opera, oratorio, concert and recital and is much sought after as a soloist and as a freelance artist. Now based in Adelaide, Jeremy and has featured prominently in SOSA’s 2017 season, performing in roles in Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci, La Vida Breve, Gianni Schicchi and Don Pasquale.

Concert details:

Saturday 11th November 2017
Pre-concert talk by Graham Abbott 6.30 pm
Concert 7.30 pm
Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: adults $45, student/pensioner/unemployed $40, school children $15


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