We are delighted that our friends from Blush Opera asked us to join in two special performances of Fancy Me Dead by Sydney composer Paul Smith at the Bondi Feast festival. For this festival of theatre, comedy, music and food, Paul Smith has expanded his original cabaret opera for two voices and a five-piece ensemble. Come and witness two thrilling voices as they hurl accusations at each other in an operatic murder mystery laced with intrigue, poison, fabric swatches, sandwiches and a very dubious pot of tea.
Blush Opera first premiered the newly written cabaret opera, Fancy Me Dead, at the Festival of Voices in Hobart and the show now returns to Sydney after a sell-out performance at the Hayes Theatre as part of the New Music Network Mini Series in 2015. The show stretches the traditional definitions of opera, being performed in a cabaret style, and simultaneously reinvigorates the medium by mixing absurd humour with operatic arias. Traversing gender, power and money, Fancy Me Dead reinforces the potential for opera to comment on and explore contemporary facets of society.
Soloists Taryn Srhoj and Jermaine Chau
Blush Music Director Luke Spicer
Instrumentalists Melissa Coleman (flute), Ian Sykes (clarinet), Alison Evans (bassoon), Georgina Price (viola) and Steve Meyer (cello).
Dates: Thursday 20th – Friday 21st July
Venue: Big Theatre
For Tickets see here