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Handel Belshazzar


Sat 11 Nov 2017, 7:30pm–10:15pm

Where: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide, North Tce, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General admission - adults: $45.00
  • General admission - student/pensioner/unemployed: $40.00
  • General admission - school children: $15.00
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Graham Abbott conducts the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus in the South Australian premiere performance of Handel’s Belshazzar. 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.

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.

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 Aache. 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 CDs /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.

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 and emerging artist through the James and 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 has featured prominently in SOSA’s 2017 season, performing in roles in Cavalleria Rusticana / I Pagliacci, La Vida Breve, Gianni Schicchi and Don Pasquale.

Graham Abbott will give a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm.