The enfant terrible of Australia’s contemporary opera scene, Chamber Made Opera has built a reputation for wild, subversive takes on the conventional opera format. For this year’s Melbourne Festival, the renegade company casts its decidedly unorthodox gaze over ancient Greek legend with The Minotaur Trilogy, an unconventional opera told over three suitably epic chapters. Taking its inspiration from Monteverdi’s famous lost opera – of which the celebrated Lamento d'Arianna is the only fragment that remains – this work finds the ageless story of thwarted love, misplaced heroism and tragic human failings twisted, inverted and collapsed, a strange new mythology conjured from a familiar tale. Staged in the small-scale and acoustically rich surrounds of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon, Margaret Cameron and David Young’s unexpected and daring score, a composition of image, text, found sounds and baroque instruments, forms a work of intimacy and extravagance - hallucinatory, retelling that teeters on the edge of ecstasy and oblivion.
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18 Oct 2012
@ Melbourne Recital Centre - The Salon
21 Oct 2012