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AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY
OPERA CO
 DAVID LANG

THE LOSER

OCTOBER 3 - DOUBLE BILL

STARRING CHRISTOPHER HILLIER 

 

"boldly unconventional" - The New York Times

A complex and unsettling piece about talent, jealousy and genius, THE LOSER, based on the book by Thomas Bernhard is brought to life by a single baritone voice and string quartet.

 

"a condescending, angry, smart, rich, witty, not very nice man ranting about his life."

AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY
OPERA CO & MRC
 GENE SCHEER / JAKE HEGGIE

TO HELL AND BACK

OCTOBER 3 - DOUBLE BILL

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STARRING
DIMITY SHEPHERD (VIC) & DESIRÉE FRAHN (SA)

"boldly unconventional" - The New York Times

A heart and ground-breaking work which takes a modern Baroque orchestra, opera and music theatre into an intimate drama of relationship damage due to family violence. Beautiful, riveting, hopeful and unforgettable.

It is difficult to ‘sell’ the domestic violence theme of an opera, and certainly linking it to the Persephone myth is a clever device by the librettist Gene Scheer to ‘sweeten’ the story.  Sometimes we sit down to watch films that are not always pretty, and it pays not to tear our eyes away.  We don’t often stop to think of the ripple effect that violence within families has on the relationships beyond perpetrator and victim. The more we as a society allow ourselves to feel, and react, and contemplate, the wiser and kinder the world becomes, surely…?

"you can leave your husband...but how...how...do I leave my son?"  'ANNE'

THE LOSER / TO HELL AND BACK
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