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The Italian Baroque 

ACO Collective

Erin Helyard - Guest Director

ACO Collective and Erin Helyard will delight in this program of works by Italian Baroque masters and the world premiere of Paul Stanhope’s Giving Ground, a modern reflection of Geminiani’s popular and virtuosic La Follia.

In the Utzon Room | Classical Music

COVID-19 safety information

The health and wellbeing of everyone attending the Opera House is our top priority. We’re committed to making your experience safe, comfortable and enjoyable, with a number of measures in place including regular cleaning of high-touch areas, air conditioning systems that maximise ventilation, and hand sanitiser stations positioned in all paths of travel. We encourage you to wear a mask in indoor settings or when physical distancing can’t be maintained, and please stay home if you feel unwell. If you need to discuss your ticketing or booking options, contact our Box Office team on 02 9250 7777.

Pre-sale and on-sale information

Pre-sale timings:

    Insider Member Priority – 9am, Tuesday 7 December
    Utzon Music subscriber pre-sale – 12pm, Tuesday 7 December
    What’s On e-newsletter pre-sale – 9am, Wednesday 8 December

General public on sale 9am, Monday 13 December

One concerts on Sunday 20 March, 2022

3pm, Sunday 20 March 2022

Standard tickets $75 | $8.50 Booking Fee applies per transaction

Ticket Reserved Seating

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times.

The authorised ticket agency for this event is Sydney Opera House. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

Suitable for all ages

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge.  All children occupying a seat or aged 2 year/s of age or older must hold a valid ticket.

“Helyard is an eminent scholar and a superb executant in this repertoire...” 



Australia's finest musicians will charm audiences with exquisite Italian baroque repertoire and a new Australian work in the Utzon Room.

In late Renaissance Florence, great thinkers would gather to share and debate the ideal standards of music and theatre. In these fateful meetings, baroque music and opera were born. Cultivated in Italy and irrevocably linked to the drama, passion and intrigue of opera, baroque music was a creative force; some of the world's most loved works today were first played in those early Italian opera houses and teatros. This program of Italian Baroque masterpieces featuring Erin Helyard with ACO Collective will sparkle in the Utzon Room.

Revel in the artistry of Italian Baroque music with ACO Collective and Erin Helyard.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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DALL’ABACO Concerto a più istrumenti in G major, Op.6, No.5
DURANTE Concerto for Strings No.2 in G minor
PAUL STANHOPE Giving Ground* (World Premiere)
GEMINIANI Concerto Grosso No.12 in D minor “La Follia”
PLATTI Concerto Grosso No.10 in F major (after Corelli)
VIVALDI Concerto for Strings in G minor, RV153
DALL’ABACO Concerto a più istrumenti in D major, Op.5, No.6

* Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

"Witnessing the best young musicians carve it up with the ACO will be completely energising. The combination of ACO Collective, Erin Helyard and Italian Baroque repertoire gives me serious salon vibes; this will be a total romp and I can't wait."

Casey Green, Utzon Music series curator

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Concert Hall, Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre, Utzon Room and Forecourt. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

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Frequently asked questions – COVID-19 safety measures

What safety measures have you implemented?

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What am I required to do as an audience member?

Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

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The Sydney Opera House no longer requires patrons to show that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Face masks are strongly recommended for all patrons while inside our theatres and foyers, including during the performance. Please bring your own mask.

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Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

What time do I need to arrive before the event?

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If you are late, we will seat you as soon as we can and, where possible, in your allocated seat. However, to reduce movement in the venue as well as minimise disruption to the performance and other patrons, ticketholders may be seated in an allocated latecomer’s seat. Please be aware that some events have lock-out periods. In these cases, latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance. On occasions, this may not be until the interval, or at all where there is no interval. 

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Details of our right to refuse admission can be found in our General Terms and Conditions for Tickets and Events.

Will there be bag checks, and is cloaking available?

In line with our venue security procedures, Opera House security will be scanning and checking bags under the Monumental Stairs, prior to entering the building. Bags will be scanned by an x-ray machine, and staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when handling your belongings, such as gloves. Cloaking facilities will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and 60 minutes pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. However it is strongly encouraged that you travel lightly to minimise contact and queuing. Any bags larger than an A4 piece of paper will need to be checked into the Cloak Room.

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What if I can't come to my performance?

Please contact Box Office on 9250 7777 as soon as possible to advise if you can no longer attend. If you can no longer attend because you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, the Opera House has introduced flexible ticketing options to help you, find out more information here.

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