Brisbane Baroque’s 2016 program is set to bigger and better than ever, showcasing a range of international stars and emerging Australian musicians.

Running from Friday 8 until Saturday 16 April 2016, Brisbane Baroque is a festival celebrating the music of the baroque era – the period in Western European art and music from about 1600 to 1750.

After scooping the pool at this year’s Helpmann Awards with five wins, Executive Director Jarrod Carland says the bar for next year’s event is set incredibly high.

“Winning five Helpmann Awards for the 2015 event has given us a great boost, but it’s also a challenge,”he says.

“Brisbane wholeheartedly embraced its first baroque festival and we have every reason to believe that it will grow into a substantial cultural asset for Brisbane and Queensland; there’s already strong international interest from artists and potential audience members.”

This year’s event saw a production of a rare Handel opera imported from the famous Handel festival in Gottingen, so organisers have followed up with another rarity for next year’s event, Handel’s first Italian Opera, Agrippina.

Brisbane Baroque’s Artistic Director, Leo Schofield says it’s a cheeky production.

“The story of the scheming Roman empress with all of its sexual intrigue and political playing will resonate with contemporary audiences,” he says.

“We have a superb international cast. It’s a masterpiece, Handel’s first Italian opera and the first complete staging in Australia.”

“They say you’re only as good as your last however in our case, we believe we’re only as good as our next.”

Other program highlights include, a three-part celebration of the music of Antonio Vivaldi, the debut of the acclaimed baroque mezzo Vivica Genaux, appearances by rising Australian star soprano Greta Bradman and the return of the popular 5 x 5 x5 @ 5 series.

The Brisbane Baroque will run from Friday 8 until Saturday 16 April 2016. For more information visit