Vivica Genaux In Hasse's Artaserse With Pinchigut Opera
in Hasse's Artaserse With Pinchigut Opera領銜主演
重現18世紀巴洛克之美Vivica Genaux 領銜主演
In a “triumph of casting and repertoire”, Sydney’s Pinchgut Opera is bringing superstar Vivica Genaux, Australian favourite David Hansen and Helpmann Award-winner Carlo Vistoli together this November in an all-star cast to premiere Hasse’s Baroque opera, Artaserse. 在悉尼 Pinchgut 歌劇（Pinchgut Opera）公司的安排下，世界著名花腔女中音 Vivica Genaux 將與澳州最著名的歌劇演員 David Hansen 以及澳洲專業才藝大獎Helpmann得主 Carlo Vistoli 聯手，上演由著名德國作曲家 Johann Adolph Hasse 創作的18世紀巴洛克時代的歌劇Artaserse。
Pinchgut Opera, a chamber opera company founded in 2002, discovered a niche by performing music from the 17th and 18th century. Its Orchestra of the Antipodes plays on period instruments, “very much a part of the action like in the 18th century.” Co-founder, conductor and artistic director, Erin Helyard, himself a triple Helpmann Award winner and 2018 recipient of the MOST Achievement Award in Opera, is a huge fan of Hasse’s music and has spent months editing the opera’s score from manuscripts. Describing Hasse a true “singers’ composer” to write for voice so “idiomatically and sympathetically”, he puts him on par with Händel and Schubert.
Debuting as Mandane, Artaserse’s sister, is four-time Grammy Awardnominated coloratura mezzo soprano Vivica Genaux. Growing up 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle makes her meteoric rise to world fame even more astonishing. Yet music was a “survival tool” in Alaska’s bone-chilling, endless winters. After trying her hand at various art forms – “very badly” she claims – she discovered that signing was “natural” for her. Switching to vocal studies at university, her career took off. Today, among her many accomplishments, she is credited with championing Hasse’s music to earn her the 2019 J.A. Hasse Foundation Prize.
Mandane’s love interest is Arbace from a rival royal family, accused of killing her father to ascend to the throne. In this role, which made Farinelli famous, we will hear countertenor David Hansen. A former student of Helyard at Sydney’s Conservatory and a Finalist at the 2003 Australian Singing Competition, his stellar career keeps him mostly overseas and he performs only rarely in Australia. Without attempting to fill Farinelli’s “big shoes”, his singing promises to “tell a story”.
Hasse was immensely popular in his time, and he and his wife, soprano Faustina Bordoni, were the “original power couple”. Moreover, Hasse perfected the genre of opera seria partly by collaborating closely with
Pinchgut Opera 公司成立於 2002年，主要專注於將 17-18 世紀的著名歌劇再現舞臺，參與演出的澳洲Antipodes 管弦樂團就是專門演奏那個時代的音樂。
「這個樂團的使命就是扮演類似 18世紀歌劇演出的角色」，樂團創始人之一、指揮兼藝術總監，Erin Helyard 說道。Helyard 出於對 Hasse所創作的音樂的超級熱愛，他曾經花費幾個月的時間重新整理 Hasse的歌劇手稿，
來自美國的 Vivica Genaux，出生於阿拉斯加州的費爾班克斯，那
裡距離北極圈僅 160 公里，從小在冰天雪地的環境中長大，音樂成為她生活中的最佳伴侶。
「我嘗試過很多種音樂，結果都不如人意，最後我發現，只有歌唱最適合我，能自然地發揮」， Vivica 說道。之後她進入大學聲樂深造，潛心在巴洛克時代的歌劇演唱上，她那柔暖的歌喉和極佳的花腔令無數觀眾為之陶醉，她因此入圍了 2019 年 J. A. Hasse 基金獎項評選。
作為18世紀的偉大作曲家Hasse與妻子女高音歌唱家 Fortuna Bordonia在歌劇界被讚為「最原始力量的擁有者」，Hasse與巴洛克時代最著名歌劇編劇 Pietro Metastasio合作後，完善了一系列的歌劇作品。但有趣的是，在 Hasse 過世後，其歌劇作品與他一起被世間遺忘。直到幾十年後，年輕的音樂家莫扎特的歌劇作品 「這男孩讓我們忘記一切」登台演出後，Hasse的作品才重新被帶入歌劇界！
We have a very strong relationship with our audience that have come along on a voyage of discovery…in this case I am happy to work again with the great Vivica Genaux, who is such a vocal advocate for Hasse. --- Erin Helyard, Artistic Director, Pinchgut Opera 「繞樑三日，不絕於耳」或許就是Hasse 音樂的寫照，澳洲的演出將在我人生的篇章中，記下輝煌的一筆。 --- Vivica Genaux Hasse’s opera, written for the best of the best as far as singers of his time were concerned, requires an equally skilled modern cast. And Pinchgut Opera have assembled just that. --- David Hansen, countertenor
Pietro Metastasio, the century’s most famous opera librettist. Yet, strangely, Hasse fell into obscurity after his death, fulfilling his prophecy upon hearing an opera by young Mozart that “this boy will cause us all to be forgotten." While not yet a household name, Hasse’s music is thankfully heard more often these days.And Artaserse’s plot? A political scandal, full of “betrayal, trust, infidelity, misguided love, all of which resonates with us today”, entices Helyard. Come, not only for the glorious singing but also for the timeless plot!