Higher Angels

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Handel Concerto Grosso in B-flat major, Op. 3 No. 2, HWV 313
Graun, CH ‘Tra le procelle assorto’ from Cesare e Cleopatra, GraunWV B:I:7
Handel ‘Venti, turbini’ from Rinaldo, HWV 7
Handel ‘Caro! Bella! Più amabile beltà’ from Giulio Cesare, HWV 17

Concert duration approximately 90 minutes, including one interval. Please note that concert duration is approximate only and is subject to change. 

Paul Dyer AO Artistic Director, harpsichord 
Sara Macliver (Perth) soprano 
Russell Harcourt
(London) c
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

The sublime soprano. The emotional countertenor. Closely connected but distinctly different, the high male and female voices are the sparkling stars of Baroque. Individually alluring, collectively dynamic, two leading Australian singers will share the stage in a shimmering exposition of Baroque arias and orchestral gems.

Sara Macliver and Russell Harcourt will masterfully explore the exquisite possibilities of this breathtaking vocal combination.

Sara’s deep association with the Brandenburg began in 1996 when she performed with Paul Dyer for Diana, Princess of Wales. Sara seized audiences' hearts in the inaugural 2000 Noël! Noël! concert and has since recorded 35 albums with ABC Classic and become one of Australia’s leading exponents of Baroque vocal performance.

Renowned for his dexterous delivery in the Bel Canto style, longtime Brandenburg friend Russell Harcourt has performed in many of the world's great opera houses. The UK Guardian’s Stephen Pritchard describes Russell as “an impressive Handelian with a thrilling top register”.

Sara Macliver and Russell Harcourt, Photo Credit: Rhydian Lewis Right (left), Keith Saunders (right)

Presenting Partner


Venue Details
Brandenburg One
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City Recital Hall
2-12 Angel Place
Sydney NSW 2000

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Riverside Theatres
Corner Church and Market Streets
Parramatta NSW 2150

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