Handel's Athalia

Pinchgut Opera

Handel's Athalia

“The First Great English oratorio”

A poet of the human heart through music, Handel’s brilliance at examining human nature is in full flight with Athalia. He presents characters rich in thought and feeling, combined with some simply stunning choruses that will knock your socks off.  Then there are heart-stopping moments where he clears everything away but a few strings and a single voice. It’s just magic. In the sure hands of Cantillation – an ensemble of voices with the speed, agility and flexibility of a chamber orchestra – Athalia will be Pinchgut Opera at its very best. 

The powerful plot comes alive in a hotbed of intrigue and devious characters. The murderous, idol-worshipping Queen Athalia is intent on eradicating the line of David. But one has escaped the slaughter: the child Joas has been raised in secret by Josabeth, wife of the high priest Joad. Can Athalia succeed in her dreadful purpose that all heirs to the throne are to be destroyed?

Peter McCallum from the Sydney Morning Herald gave our last Handel offering Theodora 5 stars: “Time suspended itself for a moment so that truth and beauty could emerge.”

Cast and creatives

Emma Pearson  Athalia
Miriam Allan  Josabeth
Clint van der Linde Joad
Brenton Spiteri Mathan
David Greco Abner

Orchestra of the Antipodes

Erin Helyard Conductor and Harpsichord
Lindy Hume Director
Matthew Marshall  Lighting Designer


Duration: Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes including interval.

There will be a 1/2 hour pre-concert talk on level 3 before each performance: Thursday at 6.15pm, Saturday at 1.15pm, Sunday at 4.15pm and Tuesday at 6.15pm.

Ticket Info


Standard (Mon-Fri) $183
Standard (Sat-Sun)* $193


Standard (Mon-Fri) $157
Standard (Sat-Sun)* $167


Standard (Mon-Fri) $129
Standard (Sat-Sun)* $139
Under 30 (Mon-Fri) $60
Under 30 (Sat-Sun)* $65 


Standard (Mon-Fri) $93
Standard (Sat-Sun)* $97
Under 30 (Mon-Fri) $50
Under 30 (Sat-Sun)* $55 

Save up to $20 a ticket by purchasing a subscription to Pinchgut Opera’s 2018 season – available via Opera Australia.

*Sat-Sun pricing applies for the following performances: Saturday 23 June 2pm and Sunday 24 June 5pm.

A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6.60, Phone $8.25.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.

Details are accurate at time of production.