Pinchgut Opera is Australia's only opera company dedicated to presenting repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries. Other companies do the more familiar operas excellently; Pinchgut helps audiences discover something new.

Our artistic and creative teams are driven by excellence, a desire to unearth these rarely performed operatic gems and to present them for our beloved audience, and we are proud to acknowledge that we consistently achieve excellent reviews. All of our productions have been broadcast by ABC Classic FM and all but one recorded for CD – originally by ABC Classics and now on our own label, Pinchgut LIVE.

Alongside the early music instrumentalists in the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Australian singers are frequently attracted from overseas careers by the unique opportunity of performing with us. Pinchgut Opera’s live recordings attract worldwide acclaim. Our most recent recording, Theodora, debuted at No. 3 on the ARIA Classical music charts.

There is a huge treasure trove of marvellous works that Australian audiences have not seen. Cavalli, Vivaldi, Gretry, Salieri and Charpentier are almost unheard of, as opera composers, in this country. Pinchgut mines these treasures and delivers the best as our productions.

We began in 2002 with Handel’s Semele, followed by Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (2003), Monteverdi’s Orfeo (2004), Rameau’s Dardanus (2005), Mozart’s Idomeneo (2006), Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans (2007), Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (2008), Cavalli’s Ormindo (2009), Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo (2010), Vivaldi’s Griselda (2011), Rameau’s Castor et Pollux (2012), Cavalli’s Giasone (2013), Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep and Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (2014), Vivaldi’s Bajazet and Grétry’s L’Amant jaloux (2015), Haydn’s Armida and Handel’s Theodora (2016), Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea and a Triple Bill of Rameau’s Anacréon and Pigmalion with Vinci’s Erighetta & Don Chilone (2017) and Handel's Athalia and Hasse’s Artaserse (2018). We've also done four wonderful works as fundraisers - Vivaldi's La Ninfa, Purcell's Incidental music to Dioclesian, Mozart's The Impresario and John Lampe's Pyramus and Thisbe

We are forever grateful to our audience, who buy tickets and place their trust in us to lead them on a journey of musical discovery. And we especially thank our donors, whose support allows us to continue to present music that inspires.

To find out more, contact Sarah Gilchrist on (02) 9318 8344 or