Acis & Galatea

George Frideric Handel’s Acis and Galatea, his much-loved pastoral opera, traverses pathos, joy, humour, rage, and tragedy in equal measure.

Genesis Baroque is joined by Karen Fitz-Gibbon (Galatea), Robert Macfarlane (Acis), Nicholas Dinopoulos (Polyphemus), and The Consort of Melbourne, for this contemporary production staged semi-in-the-round in the charming 1920s surrounds of 75 Reid St in Fitzroy North. Directed by Macfarlane, this is a rare Baroque opera treat for Melbourne!

14 July 2022 - 16 July 2022 7:30 pm

75 Reid St, Fitzroy North

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Baroque Backstage – Matched funding for donations!

Donate to Genesis Baroque’s Plus1 matched funding campaign to support our musicians in Acis and Galatea, our first opera. Get more bang for your buck with matched dollar-for-dollar funds generously provided by Creative Partnerships Australia through their Plus1 program! We also invite donors ‘backstage’ to attend the rehearsal process, to deepen your connection to our musicians and our music-making, and become an integral part of our community. Go to our Donations Page to support us.

Acis & Galatea is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1

Acis & Galatea is proudly supported by the Australian Community Foundation through the Henkell Family Fund

Sara Macliver on tour @ Noisy Ritual

Genesis Baroque is joined by soprano Sara Macliver – one of Australia’s most renowned performers of Baroque repertoire. The program is a celebration of the Italian Baroque, centred around Alessandro Scarlatti’s sublime cantata ‘Bella Madre dei Fiori’. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Sara Macliver on tour with the ensemble for their inaugural regional Victorian performances!


Antonio Vivaldi – Trio Sonata Op.1 No.5 in F Major, RV 69

Alessandro Scarlatti – Bella Madre dei Fiori

Claudio Monteverdi – Quel Sguardo Stegnosetto

Biagio Marini – Passacaglia in G Minor

Vivaldi – Sovente il Sole

18 October 2022 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Noisy Ritual Urban Winery
249 Lygon Street
Brunswick East (map)

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Le Parnasse – Sun 25 Apr 2021

François Couperin’s Le Parnasse ou L’Apothéose de Corelli is a picturesque homage to the Italian master through the lens of the French style that had dominated 17th century Europe. This program celebrates the quintessential French and Italian styles through Leclair and Corelli, finishing with Couperin’s wonderful marriage between the two.

Jean-Marie Leclair – Première Récréation de Musique, Op.6

Arcangelo Corelli – Sonata da Camera op.2 no.VI in G minor

Arcangelo Corelli – Sonata da Chiesa op.1 no.XII in D major

François Couperin – Le Parnasse ou L’Apothéose de Corelli

Lucinda Moon & Jennifer Kirsner – violins, Josephine Vains – cello, Peter de Jager – harpsichord

25 April 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sacred Heart Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St Abbotsford

The Brandenburg Connection – Sun 20 Feb 2022

Ruth Wilkinson (recorder/gamba) and Laura Vaughan (gamba)

Much-loved Melbourne musicians Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba) and Ruth Wilkinson (recorder, viola da gamba) shine in this joyful program featuring two pillars of the German Baroque: J.S.Bach and his great friend, Georg Philipp Telemann, the latter born in Brandenburg-Prussia. These works are the epitome of beauty and elegance – music for the soul!

Georg Philipp Telemann – Suite in D major for Gamba and Orchestra, TWV 55:D6 (Ouverture)

Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto di Camera in G Minor for Recorder, Strings, and Basso Continuo, TWV 43:g3

Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No.6

Georg Philipp Telemann – Concerto for Recorder and Viola da Gamba, TWV 52:a1

20 February 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

North Magdalen Laundry, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford (map)

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Sara Macliver – Sun 16 Oct 2022

Acclaimed Australian soprano, Sara Macliver, joins Genesis Baroque for a program steeped in devotion, grace, and the sorrow of parting. From Bach’s lesser-known cantata ‘Non sa che sia dolore’ (‘He does not know what sorrow is’) to Handel’s spine-tingling aria ‘Tu del ciel ministro eletto’ (‘You, the chosen minister of Heaven’), this program epitomises the majesty and humanity of the Baroque repertoire.

Alessandro Scarlatti – Sonata 4a a Quattro

Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantata BWV 209, ‘Non sa che sia dolore’

Johann Sebastian Bach – St John Passion BWV 245: ‘Ich folge dir gleichfalls’

Leonardo Leo – Concerto for 4 Violins in D Major

George Frideric Handel – Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno: ‘Tu del ciel ministro eletto’

16 October 2022 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

North Magdalen Laundry, Abbotsford Convent,
1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford

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