July 26, 2021 - Announcement
Sadly, border closures and restrictions due to COVID mean that our live performances of The Enchanted Pig from July 29 to August 5 will now not be possible. Our cast and crew have been working tirelessly but COVID has beaten us to centre stage this time. All is not lost, as we are working on a digital version for release later in the year - but we certainly miss our live audiences.
Ticket holders for ACOCo’s season of The Enchanted Pig will be contacted by TICKETEK with an offer to refund.
Opening Thursday, July 29
The Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
THE ENCHANTED PIG
A Musical Tale by
Jonathan Dove (composer)
Alasdair Middleton (librettist)
Award-winning Gale Edwards AM production
with costumes by Oscar-Winner Tim Chappel
"Princesses do not marry Pigs.
That's not the way life should be."
Based on Romanian and Norwegian folktales, The Enchanted Pig blends the worlds of opera, music theatre and vaudeville in a joyful, celebration of love in a charming production
by Gale Edwards AM, with costumes by Oscar-winner, Tim Chappel.
The Enchanted Pig is about love. Loud and clear, you hear love is a wonder, love is strange, and love is a drug. It can make you happy, a hero and a fool. For a Princess in love with a Pig (who is actually a King under a spell), it turns out that love, amongst other things, is a journey of trust, patience and perseverance. Love's story unfolds with the help of the Northwind, the Moon and the Milky Way, in a splendid staging by Gale Edwards and Australian Contemporary Opera Co.
A "dazzling treasure of rolling tunes and spicy lyrics", The Enchanted Pig has appeal across generations.
Premiering in London in 2006, The Enchanted Pig was set to run for 3 weeks - and was extended for 10, before a season on Broadway in New York. This new production, by Gale Edwards, premiered to rave reviews at the Yarra Valley Opera Festival in 2019.
With a cast involving leading international and rising professional artists, The Enchanted Pig is a celebration of love and relationships - bursting with energy and joy.
This revival is led by director Linda Thompson, with Patrick Burns conducting the orchestra.
“Opera, where virtually every single element of art is involved, is unique still. Music, text, literature, movement, dance, ballet, body, history, psychology, light, visual arts…it’s the most extreme, the most real and emotionally powerful form of performing arts.
- BARRIE KOSKY International Australian Opera and Theatre Director
“accessible, evocative and profoundly relevant, AS ONE breathes new life into opera...”
— Stage Whispers