Bliss : opera in three acts / Brett Dean ; libretto by Amanda Holden ; Opera Australia.
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||Bliss for opera
Recorded/performed at: Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House, on Mar 10.
|Brett Dean and Amanda Holden||Opera Australia, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Peter Coleman-Wright, Merlyn Quaife, Elgar Howarth||1 hours, 24 mins, 29 sec.|
Bliss is the story of Harry Joy, the MD of an advertising company who returns to consciousness after a near-death experience - and sees his life in a new light. His wife is having an affair with his business partner; the company for which he works is selling cancer-inducing chemicals; his son (a drug dealer) and his daughter (a communist) are having an incestuous relationship. Harry escapes into the arms of Honey, a prostitute and healer, in whose company he eventually finds solace - but not before his family has self-destructed, in some cases quite literally.
The coruscating story of Bliss is brought to life in all its vivid and surreal reality by Amanda Holden's libretto and Brett Dean's score - resulting in one of the most engaging contemporary operas to emerge in recent years. This recording, made at the world-premiere season in Sydney prior to acclaimed performances throughout Europe, is made available here for the first time and is an indispensable record of one the most talked-about cultural events of our time. Peter Coleman-Wright stars as Harry Joy alongside a brilliant cast.
Duration: 145 min.
Liner notes include synopsis, composer's and librettist's notes, and libretto.
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