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Sabat Jesus (music theatre)

by David Chesworth (1989, this version: 1990)

Audio Sample

Performance by Emma O'Brien, Marnie Council, Carmelina Di Guglielmo, Hartley Newnham, Chung Wai Soong, Ross Hazeldine, Wendy Couch, Mary Doumany, Simon Myers from the CD Wicked voice

Wicked voice

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Wicked voice : songs, arias and humorous refrains / David Chesworth

Library shelf no. CD 756 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Sabat Jesus is loosely based on a true story about a deaf mute boy who was found wandering the streets of a Mexican town.  At the time, no one could say just who he was or where he was from.  When he made a drawing of a crashed airplane, the press and public went wild with speculation.  The authorities called him Sabat, after the day on which he was found - Saturday; it later turned out that his real name was Jesus.  The work explores some of the many intriguing theories about the boys past.

Work Details

Year: 1989, this version: 1990

Duration: 20 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.

First performance: 13 Sep 90. Melbourne Town Hall

Work conceived by Ariette Taylor; texts by Paul Carter.


Program note: David Chesworth's "Stabat Jesus"
program note by the composer

Performances of this work

13 Sep 90: Melbourne Town Hall

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