Phaedra

It’s timely to reflect in light of the Me Too movement, our 2014 recital that focused on two women, Lucrezia and Phaedra, who are the heroines of cantatas composed by Handel ( first performed in 1706) and Britten (premiere performance in 1976) respectively. Interestingly, in both of these vocal works, the woman perceives her sexual…

Hymn to the Sun

In 2013, with approval from US composer Philip Glass, Ondine Productions presented the Australian premiere of a semi-staged performance of scenes from his opera Ahknaten, re-scored for baroque instruments. “…a refreshingly intimate minimalist excursion. Its nuances produced new hues…It left me craving the entire opera – fully staged – and repeat performances of Ondine Productions’…

Claire Primrose in Recital

Ondine Productions exclusively presented New York-based Australian dramatic soprano, Claire Primrose, in a one-off recital – Legacies of Love & Loss – at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in November 2012. “The audience had the rare chance in a single concert to witness Claire Primrose’s commanding vocal and dramatic skills, exquisitely focused expression and seemingly…

Francesca Caccini’s “Alcina”

The Australian premiere sold-out fully-staged performance of “La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina” (1625) was presented by Ondine Productions on the 28th July, 2012 at the Parade Theatres, NIDA. The first opera composed by a woman, Francesca Caccini, “Alcina” displays through its carefully crafted music, the composer’s intimate affinity with her characters’ flaws, fragility and…