Announcements of 2017 seasons are coming thick and fast. The Sydney Theatre Company, having lost an artistic director on the way, has still managed to announce a saleable season for next year. The Melbourne Theatre Company has also put forward a balanced season. Opera Australia, faced with the huge difficulty of being shut out of the Joan Sutherland Theatre for stage repairs after the Summer Season, has cobbled together various events to keep subscribers interested. Meanwhile, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, has announced a vintage program.
The Brandenburg’s artistic director Paul Dyer is not just a remarkable musician, he is something of a showman who would worry about putting on a series of stock-standard baroque programs year after year. He wants to keep audiences on their toes without alarming them. So next year, the ABO seasons in Melbourne and Sydney will open with Handel’s Messiah, not at Easter or Christmas but in late February, early March. Rather surprisingly, this will be ABO’s first performance of this greatly loved masterpiece; it will possibly be a revelation. At the other end of the season will be Monteverdi’s mini-opera Tancredi & Clorinda accompanied by Bach’s Coffee Cantata. Furthermore the orchestra is running away to the circus again in new performances with Circa, a hit in 2015. And there are a couple of more or less conventional series tucked in between; something for everyone.
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