The Carnival : a circus opera
by Chloe Charody (2007, this version: 2011)
Beyond the stars and the moon lies a secret fairytale land which is home to a wild and whacky carnival - a quirky kaleidoscope of crazy & colorful creatures. Join Lucy, an unexpected visitor, on her tumultuous journey through the bizarre world of The Carnival as she attempts to find and free its sovereign, the grand Firebird. Tightrope dancing crows, oversized mermaids, nutty pixies, drunk bats, trolls and a flying violinist are only a handful of the extraordinary creatures Lucy must encounter in this world of utter madness
Year: 2007, this version: 2011
Instrumentation: 5 Sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 2 violins (1 is acrobatic/fire taming), double bass, piano, troupe of contortionists, aerial trapeze artists and opera singers, acrobats and circus performers.
Duration: 121 min.
First performance: 2011. London's West End.
The Carnival is a circus opera composed by Chloé Charody and developed by Chloé Charody and Sonja Schebeck. The Carnival debuted on London’s West End in March 2011, running a sold out season, and then went on to run a series of sell-out shows in Australia. Schebeck and Charody’s innovative fusion of classical music, opera and discipline of circus received acclaim from audiences and press alike.
'Variations on an Epitaph' from The Carnival
'The Phoenix' from The Carnival
'Touch of Sin' from The Carnival
Performances of this work
17 Feb 2017: at 'The Carnival' a circus opera by Chloé Charody (The Concourse, Chatswood).
22 Oct 13: The Hamburg season of The Carnival, The Fliegende Bauten, Hamburg Germany
8 Sep 13: The Audi Youth Ball, Crown Casino, Perth
10 Aug 12: The Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains NSW
21 Sep 11: Red Bennies, Melbourne
2011: London's West End.
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