483 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
26th May 2018
Haydn, renowned for his innovative symphonies in London, was inspired by Handel’s example to try his hand at the oratorio – but on a scale never before seen. Searching for a subject, a friend apparently pointed at a Bible and said, “Take that, and begin at the beginning.” The Creation therefore begins with a seething and dissonant depiction of chaos before light bursts out in a radiant C major affirmation of balance and order. In the stunning sequence of arias and choruses that follows you'll meet larks, whales, angels, tigers and the first people. Haydn’s perfectly-judged music evokes all of the events of Genesis with a winning blend of humour and sophistication – all lowing oxen and angelic choirs – that made it an overnight success, aided by being released simultaneously in both English and German. The Creation has remained a much-anticipated highlight of choral seasons ever since, a delight to hear and to sing, resplendent with Classical optimism, grace and grandeur. As befits this expansive and festive work, the Sydney Philharmonia Festival Chorus and The Metropolitan Orchestra perform in the ornate splendour of Centennial Hall at Sydney Town Hall, with soloists led by luminous award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig.