Inaugural Baroque Festival announced for Hobart

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Tasmania's reputation for stellar cultural and music events continues to grow with the announcement of a new festival, the Hobart Baroque Festival.

London's prestigious Royal Opera House will also be making its "first and only" Australian performance at the Hobart Baroque.

The event was launched at the Theatre Royal on November 27, with festival director Leo Schofield saying that the festival will be a "knockout".

"It's been a joy to work on a program so tightly focused," Mr Schofield said via The Mercury on November 28.

The week-long event will take place from April 12 to 20 2013, with Australian countertenor and rising international opera star David Hansen performing two recitals.

The Sydney-born countertenor made his European debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2004 and will release his debut solo recording for Sony Classical in 2013.

Alex Ross of The New Yorker said Hansen was a "…pure-voiced young Australian who is typical of a new breed of matinee-idol countertenors".

The baroque festival is said to be Hansen's only "Australian concert engagement for 2013", so the April music event is a must-see for audiences wanting to witness this fantastic Aussie talent.

A number of master classes are also scheduled for the festival in partnership with the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, featuring Hansen himself, the Royal Opera House's artistic director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme David Gowland, conductor of L'isola disabitata Oliver Gooch and soloist, conductor and music director of Hobart Baroque Erin Helyard.

A host of other events will also be held, including a collaboration with MONA, which will be the venue for some of the festival's shows and activities.

The Hobart Baroque Festival joins a host of new events for the winter months, including the three-month long festival, Dark MOFO in June.

Hobart Baroque Festival 2013

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