International cabaret sensation Meow Meow joins Australia’s brightest young composers and Victorian Opera’s next generation of stars as they reimagine the seven deadly sins for the 21st century at Hamer Hall on Friday 6 November 2015.
Following its sell-out season of The Threepenny Opera (2010), Victorian Opera returns to the satirical wit of Weill and Brecht with their final collaboration together, Die Sieben Todsünden, in an evening of musical gluttony and featuring an enviable showcase of new Australian works
Called a “diva of the highest order” by the New York Post, Meow Meow makes her Victorian Opera debut, playing a woman seeking wealth across Depression era America, encountering a different deadly sin in each of the seven cities she visits.
As a prelude to the 1930s Berliner Kabarett, four of Australia’s brightest composers will reimagine the Seven Deadly Sins inspired by Australia’s major cities. Coming through the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Composer Development Program and supported by Symphony Australia, the commissioned composers include Julian Langdon, Mark Viggiani, Jessica Wells and Ian Whitney.
With Sydney as Lust, Canberra as Pride, Hobart as Envy, Adelaide as Gluttony, Brisbane as Sloth, Perth as Anger and Melbourne as Greed, these new works will be given voice by the graduating class of Victorian Opera’s Developing Artists. These performers are students of the Master of Music (Opera Performance), a collaboration between Victorian Opera and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne.
Fresh from his adored production of Victorian Opera’s new Australian work, The Grumpiest Boy in the World, the award-winning Cameron Menzies directs this double bill, featuring Meow Meow, Kate Amos, Nathan Lay, Elizabeth Lewis, Emma Muir-Smith, Michael Petruccelli, Cristina Russo, Matthew Tng, Carlos E. Bárcenas, and Jeremy Kleeman under the baton of Tahu Matheson.
“This evening will prove a wonderful showcase of the younger generation of Australian performers and composers, mentored by established artists,” says Richard Mills, Artistic Director, Victorian Opera.
Seven Deadly Sins
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performance: Friday 6 November 2015 – 7.30pm
Bookings: 1300 182 183 or online at: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
For more information, visit: www.victorianopera.com.au for details.
Image: Meow Meow – photo by Magnus Hastings