- Sydney: 19, 20, 24, 26, 27 February 2010 (on sale 11 January)
- Melbourne: 1, 2 March 2010 (on sale 18 January)
“The great castrati of the baroque era like Farinelli and Senesino were superstars
like Madonna and Bono” says Paul Dyer, the Brandenburg ’s Artistic Director.
“They were celebrities with mass appeal whose voices and personalities entertained
and fascinated their generation.”
“In the last twenty years, two men – singing as countertenors rather than castrati –
have become huge stars whilst bringing the hits of the castrati back into the spotlight,” says Paul.
“One is the great Andreas Scholl. The other is one of the biggest stars of the new generation of classical artists, French singer Philippe Jaroussky. Philippe has been famously described as having “the tone of an angel and the virtuosity of the devil”.
Charismatic, virtuosic and handsome, Philippe has attained the stature of a pop star in
his native France where his recordings have gone gold.
As a relative newcomer, he was named French Opera Singer of the Year, beating out some
of opera’s biggest stars and a YouTube clip of his performance at those awards is fast
approaching a million views.
Philippe Jaroussky’s latest CD is La dolce fiamma: Forgotten castrato arias
Released in November 2009. Virgin Classics 5099969456404
Olympia Vivaldi concerts
Philippe Jaroussky countertenor, guest soloist (FRANCE)
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Paul Dyer artistic director / harpsichord
City Recital Hall, Angel Place
ON SALE 11 January
Fri 19, Sat 20, Wed 24, Fri 26, Sat 27 February @ 7pm
Tickets range from $25 (under 30) to $130.00. Booking fees apply.
BOOKINGS: City Recital Hall Box Office (02) 8256 2222 or www.cityrecitalhall.com.au
Brandenburg Box Office (02) 9328 7581 or www.brandenburg.com.au
Melbourne Recital Centre
ON SALE 18 January
Mon 1, Tues 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tickets range from $45 (under 30) to $120.00. Booking fees apply.
BOOKINGS: Melbourne Recital Centre (03) 9699 3333 or melbournerecital.com.au
Brandenburg Box Office 1300 782 856 or www.brandenburg.com.auShare
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