Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep From Pinchgut Opera


After the stunning success of Cavalli’s Giasone in December 2013 and already into its second decade of uncompromisingly superb productions, Pinchgut Opera presents its first ever mid-winter production, The Chimney Sweep (Der Rauchfangkehrer)  by Antonio Salieri.

Conducted once more  by the electrifying Erin Helyard, and directed by Mark Gaal, Pinchgut audiences again have the opportunity to hear a rarely performed opera in its Australian premiere. Pinchgut says “For those whose knowledge of Salieri comes from the excellent film Amadeus, Pinchgut is compelled to report that much of the story in the film is nonsense. Mozart’s murderer? Pah! Pinchgut’s production of The Chimney Sweep will restore Salieri’s good name, and his music! “

With libretto by Leopold Auenbrugger and performed in the vernacular, Salieri’s opera tells the tale of an Italian chimney sweep who seduces the women of the household in which he works, in order to bargain for his future. Pinchgut Opera promises “a sexy, fun comedy, filled with characters all shamelessly indulging their appetites…..Bribery and blackmail, anarchic domestic affairs, and venality reign. But most of all, more wonderful music from the 18th century that you’ve probably never heard before.”


Stuart Haycock: Volpino/ Amelia Farrugia: Frau Habicht/ Alexandra Oomens: Leisel/ Janet Todd: Fraulein Nannette/

David Woloszko: Herr Bär/ Christopher Saunders: Herr Wolf/ David Hidden: Tomasso.

Conductor: Erin Helyard/Director: Mark Gaal/ Designer: Emma Kingsbury/ Lighting: Luiz Pampolha/ Orchestra of the Antipodes.

Tickets: or call (02) 8256 2222

Alexandra Oomens
Alexandra Oomens

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