From Melbourne composer James Hullick comes a post-apocalyptic chamber opera – a one-man song cycle of humanity’s end.
Out of grim and perilous darkness, a lone figure emerges: a survivor of some global collapse, tormented by a cruel final dilemma. Luminous fl ashes of video animate his broken existence, as he pedals furiously to screen old home movies scavenged from the wastes. Punctuated by a minimalist musical score of baritone voice, piano and cello, the tragedy of his tale gradually take ominous shape; this is the way the world ends – not with a blinding flash or rain of fire, but a slow fading of the light.
Featuring acclaimed German baritone Guillermo Anzorena, Australia’s Michael Kieran Harvey on piano and cellist Judith Hamann, Bruchlandung is a bold and experimental post-apocalyptic chamber opera project by wild child sonic artist/composer James Hullick and filmmaker Rachael Thompson.
Heavily influenced by the formal German lieder song and Japanese Noh theatre traditions, this haunting work makes its premiere at this year’s Melbourne Festival. Attendance is free, but booking is required.
Warning smoke effects, adult concepts, coarse language
Composer & Director James Hullick
Filmmakers James Hullick and Rachael Thompson
Vocalist Guillermo Anzorena
Piano Michael Harvey
Cello Judith Hamann
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Featured Australian Works
|Bruchlandung (chamber opera) by James Hullick — World premiere|
— performed by Guillermo Anzorena, Michael Kieran Harvey and Judith Hamann
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