Bliss is the story of Harry Joy, the MD of an advertising company who returns to consciousness after a near-death experience – and sees his life in a new light. His wife is having an affair with his business partner; the company for which he works is selling cancer-inducing chemicals; his son (a drug dealer) and his daughter (a communist) are having an incestuous relationship. Harry escapes into the arms of Honey, a prostitute and healer, in whose company he eventually finds solace – but not before his family has self-destructed, in some cases quite literally.
The coruscating story of Bliss is brought to life in all its vivid and surreal reality by Amanda Holden’s libretto and Brett Dean’s score – resulting in one of the most engaging contemporary operas to emerge in recent years. This recording, made at the world-premiere season in Sydney prior to acclaimed performances throughout Europe, is made available here for the first time and is an indispensable record of one the most talked-about cultural events of our time. Peter Coleman-Wright stars as Harry Joy alongside a brilliant cast.
Music by Brett Dean; libretto by Amanda Holden; after the novel by Peter Carey.
3 CD set
Peter Coleman-Wright Harry Joy, MD of an advertising agency
Merlyn Quaife Betty Joy, his wife
Lorina Gore Honey B, his lover
Barry Ryan Alex Duval, his friend and colleague
David Corcoran David, his son
Taryn Fiebig Lucy, his daughter
Kanen Breen Johnny Davis, his colleague, Betty’s lover
Shane Lowrencev Reverend Des / Police Officer / ‘Nurse’
Henry Choo Aldo / Nigel Clunes
Milijana Nikolic Mrs Dalton, asylum manager
Jane Parkin Nurse
Teresa La Rocca Nurse
Stephen Smith Police Officer / Betty’s Doctor
Malcolm Ede Neighbour / Asylum Doctor
Erkki Veltheim Onstage Violinist
Conducted by Elgar Howarth