Visionary artistic director Leo Schofield and executive director Jarrod Carland are happy about the near sell out, and some completely sold out performances at every day of his eight day festival full of the glories of music both sacred and secular Hobart Baroque 2014. The first three opening weekend performances were a knockout including the opening night of the Opera Orlando – fun and fabulous, the transformation of Bad Guy Xavier Sabata into a Good Guy and the lady who was a ‘jewel in the crown of Hobart Baroque’ the delightful soprano Julia Lezhneva.
How wonderful it was to hear that on day one of the 5pmx5x5x5 concerts, when there was no bookings just the instruction to turn up at the Hobart Town Hall clutching $5 and be prepared to be dazzled by local artists that hundreds more people than could be accommodated arrived. This must have been gratifying as well as challenging. Those coming back all week will be pleased they did.
Also during the week in the Theatre Royal at NOON there are some very special talks taking place with Leo Schofield. Wednesday Dr Francesco Borghesi MA, PhD currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney talking about Ariosto and Orlando Furioso. Thursday it is the Countertenor Randall Scotting (pictured). He’s singing the title role in Orlando, and has been involved in researching, discovering, and preparing previously neglected manuscripts and scores from archives across Europe.
On Friday Hobart Baroque’s musical director Erin Helyard will be there with Leo Schofield discussing the pros and cons of the nips and tucks that he needs to make to original scores. Sure wish that I could be there!
At night the ongoing Recitals at 8 at the Hobart Town Hall include tonight Wednesday is the brilliant cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, Thursday the all new Ensemble HB, comprising some of the finest early music players in the country and Friday the simply stunning guitar virtuoso Smaro Gregoriadou from Athens.
The final Ottoman Feast at MONA should be a knockout.
Hobart Baroque 2014, the music festival taking Australia and Tasmania by storm.