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Richard Mills: The Love of the Nightingale


Richard Mills: The Love of the Nightingale

  • Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2011, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Opera Theatre — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Experience the transformative power of song when Australia’s brightest and boldest artists star in the Sydney premiere of The Love of the Nightingale.

Sisters Procne and Philomene are separated by marriage, then united by brutality, when Procne’s husband rapes and mutilates Philomene. Rather than stay silent, the women extract a terrible revenge, then take flight.

Librettist Timberlake Wertenbaker and composer Richard Mills bring a dark beauty to the confronting tale of Procne and Philomene. The arching melodies and lush, romantic harmonies combine with words, mime and dramatic coups de theatre to confront the hardest questions. Where does violence come from? Why women?

The premiere season of this work won four Helpmann Awards, including best female performer for Emma Matthews.
Performed in English with English surtitles.
Running time: Approximately two hours and thirty minutes including one twenty-minute interval.

PLEASE NOTE: This Opera contains partial nudity, scenes of a graphic violent and sexual nature and adult themes.  It is not recommended for children.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

The Love of the nightingale : opera (2006) by Richard Mills and Timberlake Wertenbaker
— performed by Opera Australia and Richard Mills

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