Bittersweet Obsessions: Monteverdi & Bach

Laughter. Tears. Vengeance.

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Three timeless tales that follow one woman’s journey through the bitter and sweet of life.
LAMENT
Monteverdi | Lamento della Ninfa.
A beautiful, moving story of loss and mourning, the nymph, angrily and with broken heart, sings the story of her traitorous lover.
TRAGEDY
Monteverdi | Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.
A story of love, tragedy and mistaken identity.
COMEDY 
J.S. BACH | Coffee Cantata.
A rollicking satire about the coffee-drinking antics of this lusciously-jolly, caffeine-crazed woman.

Soprano Natasha Wilson ties these three worlds together in a dramatic, staged performance with the Brandenburg. Discover heartbreak, passion, and comic revelry in a suppressive world.

Joining Natasha on stage are tenors Karim Sulayman from the USA and Australian Spencer Darby, as well as Danish bass Jakob Bloch Jespersen.


Natasha Wilson soprano (New Zealand)
"Her dusky-coloured timbre and supple phrasing
breathed life into a series of soulful laments."
THE AUSTRALIAN


Karim Sulayman tenor (USA)
a "true revelation"
OPÉRA MAGAZINE, France


Spencer Darby tenor (Australia)
Ben Folds' The Luckiest with soloist Spencer Darby was "an unexpected highlight"
CLASSIC MELBOURNE
review of Noël! Noël! 2016


Jakob Bloch Jespersen baritone (Denmark)
"A voice like a prince"
INFORMATION, Denmark

The creative team behind the acclaimed and first-ever staging of Handel's Messiah in February 2017, returns to collaborate with us in 'Bittersweet Obsessions'; NIDA graduates director Constantine Costi, set designer Charlotte Mungomery and costume designer Genevieve Graham. 

Header photo credit: Hollie Adams, Newspix

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Venue Details
City Recital Hall
2-12 Angel Pl
Sydney NSW 2000

Opening Hours:
Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt St
Southbank VIC 3006

Opening Hours:
Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday
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