Baroque Revelry

Baroque Revelry

Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra


A fun and sordid musical romp through Baroque Europe!

Directed by Richard Tognetti in an exciting collaboration with Belvoir, Baroque Revelry will transport you back in time to an 18th-century concert hall. From the sublime through to the sordid and grotesque, this theatrical musical romp will be like nothing you’ve experienced before.

‘This is not ‘shut up and listen’ music, but rather ‘have a damned fine time and enjoy’ music.’ Richard Tognetti

Baroque means oddly shaped or imperfect pearl. This wasn’t a neat and pretty world; it was ultra-vibrant. A period of strong emotions, smells and physical sensations. Europe was tightly packed and alive with energy, its paintings and plays ribald and florid, its societies galvanised by intellectual and religious revolutions. Its music was pulsing with lives that could be sordid as much as sacred.

With stage direction by Belvoir’s Carissa Licciardello, Richard and the Orchestra along with soprano Chloe Lankshear and a troupe of actors, will define this era through the music of Tartini, Boccherini, Biber, Handel, CPE Bach and some incredible trailblazing women – Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonardi and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre.

But be careful, the vividness of Baroque life may come as a shock, and even offend, our delicate 21st century sensibilities!

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Richard Tognetti Director
Helena Rathbone Violin
Satu Vänskä Violin
Stefanie Farrands Viola
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello
Erin Helyard Harpsichord
Australian Chamber Orchestra


Giulio Caccini

Barbara Strozzi
Arie, Op.8, No.6 ‘Che si può fare’

C.P.E. Bach
Cello Concerto in A, Wq.172

Giuseppe Tartini (arr. Kreisler)
Violin Sonata in G minor ‘The Devil’s Trill’

Francesco Geminiani
Concerto Grosso in D minor, H.143 ‘La folia’

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Sonata Representativa


This production is part of the following series:

Australian Chamber Orchestra 2021

In 2021 the ACO are presenting an ambitious season with more music than ever before, with a radiant series of live performances alongside cinematic and immersive concert films.