The last concert of 2017 features a selection of baroque masterpieces. The Sydney Consort welcomes back international baritone virtuoso, David Greco for this special performance. Love, desire and humour will be on show in these baroque compositions full of extraordinary musical vitality.
GET READY FOR A SHOWCASE OF BAROQUE MUSICAL POETRY BY EUROPEAN MASTERS!
Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg F. Handel, Claudio Monteverdi and others
Belinda Montgomery soprano
David Greco baritone
Stan W Kornel baroque violin & viola d’amore
Monika Kornel harpsichord
Belinda Montgomery graduated in 1997 from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Voice. She later studied with Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb in England and has since established a freelance career in Sydney, where she is particularly active as an early music specialist. She has appeared regularly with such ensembles as The Marais project, The Sydney Consort and Salut!Baroque. Solo engagements have included Bach Cantatas (The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Handel’s Dixit Dominus ((Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir), Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers (Sydney Chamber Choir) and Steve Reich’s Drumming (Synergy Percussion). In 2003 she gave the world premiere performance of Andrew Ford’s award-winning song cycle, Learning to Howl.
As both a soloist and chorus member she has performed and recorded extensively with Cantillation, Australia's leading professional chorus. Belinda sang the role of Iris in Pinchgut Opera’s inaugural production, Handel’s Semele, in 2002 and has appeared as soloist and chorister in all subsequent productions. She has sung with the chorus of Opera Australia in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and also performed the role of first women in OzOpera’s Eternity Man, by Jonathan Mills, in the 2005 Sydney Festival. Recent performances have included Steve Reich’s Tehillim with Halcyon at Melbourne’s new Recital Centre as well as a guest soloist appearance with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Belinda was the soprano soloist for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in May, 2009.
A truly international singer, Australian-born baritone David Greco has been based in the Netherlands and Germany for the last 8 years. David has regularly sung throughout Europe’s finest concert halls, including Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Vienna Konzerthaus, London Royal Festival Hall, last year making his debut at the Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
He has been engaged by some of the most exceptional opera companies, appearing regularly at Festival Aix-en Provence in France with Freiburg Barokorchester, and at Glyndebourne Festival Opera with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has toured throughout Europe extensively with orchestras The Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman.
Since first appearing with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 2003, David has been engaged frequently as a soloist with the nation’s flagship orchestras and ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Pinchgut Opera. In 2015 David was given the honour of being the first singer to work with the Australia’s all period classical orchestra, the Australian Haydn Ensemble.
In April last year, he was invited to perform Aaneas in Purcell’s Dido & Aaneas in Leo Schofield’s newly formed Brisbane Baroque Festival. This year he has been invited back to the festival to sing King Arthur of Purcell.
Whilst in the UK David was bass Lay Clark at Westminster Abbey Choir, and was given the privilege to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir in Rome throughout 2014.
Recent engagements include Wagner in Gounod’s Faust in a co-production with Lyric Opera Chicago in the Macau International Music Festival and concerts tours throughout Switzerland, Germany, Holland and France.
2016 sees David’s debut as a principle artist with Opera Australia in Prokopiev’s The Love of Three Oranges & The Eighth Wonder. He will also feature in concerts with Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the Sydney Chamber Choir In May David will perform Pergoloesi's La Serva Padrona and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle for Canberra International Music Festival.
David’s Naxos Recording debut was recently released ‘Poems of Love & War’, featuring arias by the late New Zealand composer, Jack Body.