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Hobart Baroque - a new event for Hobart

Hobart Baroque is a festival of early music (mostly 17th and 18th century) and will be held from 12 to 20 April 2013 at the Theatre Royal.

Premier and Minister for the Arts, Lara Giddings, has announced an exclusive visit by singers from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden will be the centrepiece of the inaugural Hobart Baroque early music festival.

“I am delighted that Hobart will host singers from the world-renowned Royal Opera House at London’s Covent Garden, who will perform Haydn’s opera L’Isola Disabitata in their first Australian opera appearance.”

“Securing performances of this calibre by the internationally renowned performing arts companies is very exciting for Tasmania,” Ms Giddings said.

“And it seems entirely appropriate that the performances will be held in Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre, the Theatre Royal, which will be home to a large part of the Hobart Baroque program.”

Hobart Baroque, a new festival of early music, has been organised by Leo Schofield and Jarrod Carland who are highly regarded in their respective careers as creative director and theatre producer.

“At a time when Hobart has been recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s best cities to visit in 2013, and included in TripAdvisor’s Top 10 international destinations on the rise; Hobart Baroque is perfectly timed to add further weight to Hobart’s growing reputation as a cultural tourism destination,” Ms Giddings said.

“Events play an important role in creating demand for travel to Tasmania throughout the year, and this is particularly important for sustaining our tourism and hospitality industries through the traditionally quieter months.”

“Which is why I am pleased the State Government has committed $200 000 to the inaugural Hobart Baroque.”

Ms Giddings said renowned Australian counter-tenor David Hansen will also perform a recital as part Hobart Baroque.

“David Hansen is on the verge of international opera stardom,” Ms Giddings said “and I am delighted that Hobart audiences will have the opportunity to hear David perform at the Theatre Royal in his only Australian concert engagement for 2013.”

“As part of Hobart Baroque, locals and visitors alike will be able to experience masterclasses, pre-show talks and post-show question and answer sessions, and tickets to dress rehearsals will be made available to students.”

A series of masterclasses conducted by David Hansen, David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Oliver Gooch, Conductor of L’isola disabitata, Royal Opera House; and Dr Erin Helyard, soloist, conductor and Music Director of Hobart Baroque, will be held in partnership with the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music

Further information is available from Hobart Baroque on 03 8866 8300.

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