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30 August 2010

Brett Dean's Bliss in Edinburgh and Hamburg

Peter Coleman-Wright as Harry Joy in <em>Bliss</em> Image: Peter Coleman-Wright as Harry Joy in Bliss  
© Bridget Elliot

The European premiere of Brett Dean and Amanda Holden's opera Bliss will take place on Thursday 2 September at the Edinburgh International Festival. Based on Peter Carey's first novel, Bliss was commissioned by Opera Australia and premiered in March at the Sydney Opera House, with a subsequent season in Melbourne.

In Edinburgh, Opera Australia's production, directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Elgar Howarth, will be performed twice and recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Later in September, a new production of Bliss by Ramin Gray opens at Hamburg State Opera. All six performances will be conducted by Simone Young.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra is also giving two concerts (1-2 September) in Edinburgh, with works by Ross Edwards and Matthew Hindson in the program.

Further links

Bliss photo essays by Bridget Elliot, with articles about the making of Bliss
Bliss in Edinburgh (Edinburgh festival website)
Bliss in Hamburg (Hamburg State Opera)
'Bliss travels to Edinburgh Festival and Hamburg State Opera' (Boosey & Hawkes)
Brett Dean - AMC profile

Sydney Symphony in Edinburgh - concert 1 & concert 2 (Edinburgh festival website)

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