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Opera Australia: Bliss


Opera Australia: Bliss

  • Date: Saturday, 1 May 2010, 7:30pm
  • Venue: State Theatre (Melbourne) — Victorian Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Tickets available by subscription to Opera Australia

Event Details

Peter Carey’s darkly comic fable of ad-man Harry Joy inspires Brett Dean’s music, Amanda Holden’s words, Neil Armfield’s direction, and the electrifying stage presence of Peter Coleman-Wright, in a truly exciting world premiere.

"Harry Joy was to die three times, but it was his first death which was to have the greatest effect on him…"

Dangerous ideas abound in Peter Carey’s landmark first novel, Bliss. Is this reality or some kind of hilarious hell?  What is true love? And why has an elephant sat on my car? The lights go up on the world premiere of Bliss, a new opera by Brett Dean and Amanda Holden. Welcome back to the excesses of the 80s, where sex and drugs beat rock-n-roll. This much-anticipated work stars the electrifying Peter Coleman-Wright as Harry Joy, the blithe and savvy advertising executive who, after a close encounter with death, finds his world is not what it was.

Creative dynamite – the combination of director Neil Armfield, composer Brett Dean, librettist Amanda Holden, conductor Elgar Howarth, along with the brightest stars of Australian theatre design and choreography, will ignite the stage in a blaze of words, music  and ideas. You’ll love it if you follow the cutting edge of theatre and new Australian music.

Watch out for Brett Dean’s beautiful kaleidoscope of sound.

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Featured Australian Works

Bliss : opera by Brett Dean and Amanda Holden
— performed by Elgar Howarth, Erkki Veltheim, Orchestra Victoria and Australian Opera Chorus

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