ORCHESTRA OF THE ANTIPODES
the best Australian Baroque Orchestra, under its gifted director/conductor harpsichordist Erin Helyard
- Bachtrack June 2018
Orchestra of the Antipodes has played for Pinchgut Opera for every production since Orfeo in 2004. Its members have played in many acclaimed and admired ensembles in Australia and worldwide, including Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium, Concerto Copenhagen, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The English Concert, the Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Talens Lyriques and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
The Orchestra’s debut CD and DVD, Handel’s Messiah, drew widespread critical acclaim; a subsequent disc of Bach Arias and Duets with Sara Macliver and Sally-Anne Russell quickly became a best seller, and was nominated for an ARIA Award in 2004. The Orchestra’s most recent releases on the ABC Classics label are the complete Brandenburg Concertos (nominated for an ARIA Award in 2012), Mozart’s Requiem, Magniﬁcat with Emma Kirkby, and a disc of Baroque choruses performed with Cantillation, Hallelujah!. Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Grétry’s L’Amant jaloux, Cavalli’s Giasone, Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep, Vivaldi’s Griselda and Bajazet, Rameau’s Castor and Pollux and Haydn’s L’anima del ﬁlosofo are available on Pinchgut LIVE.
Performance highlights have included Haydn’s Isola disabitata with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Handel’s Orlando for Hobart Baroque, Dido and Aeneas and Acis and Galatea for Opera Australia, and a recital for the World Harp Congress with Andrew Lawrence King. In 2015 Orchestra of the Antipodes played for the inaugural Brisbane Baroque in award-winning performances of Handel’s Faramondo, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Bach’s Coffee Cantata; in 2016 the orchestra returned to Brisbane Baroque for Handel’s Agrippina and Purcell’s King Arthur (with Miriam Margolyes). Both Faramondo and Agrippina won Helpmann Awards for Best Opera in their respective years.
Other recent engagements include Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin with St Mary’s Cathedral Choir and The Song Company, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Sydney Chamber Choir, and Christmas concerts at St Mary’s Cathedral.
Orchestra of the Antipodes has appeared in Orfeo (2004), Dardanus (2005), Idomeneo (2006), Juditha Triumphans (2007), David & Jonathan (2008), Ormindo (2009), L'anima del filosofo (2010), Griselda (2011), Castor & Pollux (2012), Giasone (2013) and The Chimney Sweep and Iphigenie en Tauride in 2014, Bajazet and L'Amant Jaloux in 2015, Armida and Theodora in 2016, The Triple Bill and Coronation of Poppea in 2017 and Athalia in 2018.