The historic capital of Tasmania is gearing up for the inaugural Hobart Baroque from April 12 to 20, for a week of operatic performances, fabulous instrumental recitals and even an opulent baroque banquet!
Hobart Baroque is a brand new event celebrating music of the 17th and 18th centuries featuring leading international and Australian performers, as well as showcasing some of the city's finest heritage buildings such as the "jewel-like" Theatre Royal.
This theatre is Australia's "only surviving" Georgian theatre and one with an "unbroken record of performance" since it first opened almost 190 years ago (March 1827), making it therefore a fitting venue to host performances of such a festival.
Festival director Leo Schofield said: "Back in 1988 I attended my first event at Hobart’s historic Theatre Royal. I was struck by the charm, intimacy and superb acoustic of this gem of Georgian architecture and ever since I have dreamed of directing a small specialist music festival with this unique building at its heart."
"Over the past eight years I have lobbied, albeit intermittently and subtly, for such a festival and now, with my co-producer Jarrod Carland, the dream is about to become a reality."
The Royal Opera House will be headlining the festival with its first ever opera presentation in Australia, Haydn's L'isola disabitata.
"Rapturously received by critics and public alike when it premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 2010, this striking production has been re-created exclusively to inaugurate Hobart Baroque," Events Tasmania states.
Opera star David Hansen is also set to take the stage in his only Australian recital in 2013, with performances from Jane Edwards, Latitude 47 and more!
MONAORGANISM, a Baroque banquet, will be held to mark Australia's first and only annual festival dedicated primarily to music of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries,
with dishes such as whole baked salmon, white wine and truffle sauce; rabbit with Beaumes de Venise and raisins; and chicken and foie gras parfait on the menu.
You can purchase your tickets to Hobart Baroque now from the website – get in quick, because they're said to be selling fast!