Sydney Independent Opera’s double bill – Holst and Puccini
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Sydney Independent Opera’s double bill – Holst and Puccini

Sydney Independent Opera present an unusual double bill this weekend with its productions of Gustav Holst’s The Wandering Scholar  and Puccini’s The Cloak (Il Tabarro). The Wandering Scholar was Holst’s last and most successful opera (he wrote four)*. It is a work in miniature, written in one act for a small orchestra and just four singers (tenor,…

Gluck’s comic masterpiece
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Gluck’s comic masterpiece

Gluck’s rarely performed comic opera Les pèlerins de la Mecque (The Pilgrims to Mecca) comes to life this week in a co-production between the The Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Opera Studio and its Early Music Ensemble. The last of Gluck’s comic operas, it was written in 1764 and is also known as La Rencontre imprévue (The Unexpected Encounter).  It is…