L’AMANT Jaloux (The Jealous Lover) is the latest rarely performed gem unearthed and polished to shine by the brilliant Pinchgut team this summer.
Love, duels, deception and mysterious strangers – this is 18th-century French (soap) opera. L’amant Jaloux was a triumph when it was first presented in Versailles in 1778.
[showads ad=MREC]Told over one sweltering Spanish summer day and night, L’amant jaloux is the story of the insanely jealous Don Alonze who mistakenly assumes he has competition vying for the favour of the same lady Léonore - but does he? In classic French farce, expect mistaken identities, mysterious strangers, true love, duels and a happy ending.
This is an ensemble opera, with glorious orchestral colours and witty ensemble pieces infused with melodic richness and charm. Each aria has its own shape and colour.
The virtuosic Erin Helyard directs the Orchestra of the Antipodes on period instruments. He says: “I have always been an enormous fan of Grétry ever since I started reading his Mémoires. He was one of the greatest composers of opera comique and I felt that Sydney audiences deserved to experience his unique approach to the text and the voice. L’amant jaloux was one of his most popular works and is full of touching ariettes and quick-paced and ingenious ensembles. If you love Mozart you will love Grétry.”
Known for his bold and inventive productions as well as acute musical instincts, Helpmann Award-nominated director Chas Raider-Shieber leads an acclaimed cast of gifted comic singers including international artist Ed Lyon next to homegrown talents Alexandra Oomens and David Greco.
This evening of sparkling summer entertainment will be the Australian premiere of L’amant jaloux and is not to be missed.
Where: City Recital Hall, Sydney
Dates: December 3, 5, 6, 8
Time: 7pm and 5pm sessions