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Chop Chef: The Opera Workshop #1
Wed. 29 March 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEDT
The unique opportunity to witness the birth of a new chamber opera, presented with Blush Opera, Omega Ensemble and New Music Network.
CHOP CHEF: The Opera (a taster)
A collaboration between Blush Opera and Omega Ensemble
Produced as part of the New Music Network LAB 2017
Blush Opera & Omega Ensemble will complete a live workshop and recording of two scenes from a new satirical chamber opera scored for piano, clarinet, viola, cello and voices. One aria and one ensemble scene from the new work will be performed and recorded. The workshop and recording be followed by a discussion with the performers, music director, composer and librettist about the development process and future of the work. Audience responses will also be encouraged. The event will be used to further develop the project as it moves towards a staged premiere in 2018.
Chop Chef: The Opera will be a composition that explores the themes, relationships & social tropes represented in the high number of food-themed reality series on Australian television. The theatrical and melodramatic nature of these shows lends the style well to opera where heightened emotions and unusual manufactured scenarios are also commonplace.
The workshop will be for 30 audience members. In addition to the live audience, the video and audio recording recording of the event will be streamed live via facebook on the Blush and Omega pages.
EMERGING ARTIST Blush Opera
Jermaine Chau - Co-artistic Director/Mezzo Soprano
Paul Smith - Co-artistic Director/Composer
Luke Spicer - Music Director/Conductor
Julie Koh - Librettist
ESTABLISHED ARTIST Omega Ensemble
David Rowden - Co-artistic Director/Clarinet
Maria Raspopova - Co-artistic Director/Piano
Lee Abrahmsen - Soprano
Additional singers and instrumentalists TBC