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Whiteley

Kats-Chernin & Fleming

Whiteley

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJuly 15 – 30, 2019

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Mon 15.7.19
7:30 PM
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Thu 18.7.19
7:30 PM
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Sat 20.7.19
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Wed 24.7.19
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Sat 27.7.19
1:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Tue 30.7.19
7:30 PM
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New production

Artist. Rebel. Icon.

He burst onto the international art scene, all golden curls and bravado. He was dynamic, damaged, a big idea and a bold brush. With the vivacious Wendy on his arm, Brett Whiteley was magnetic.

He abhorred straight lines, adored drugs, alcohol, women. He worked in vivid colour and ravishing curves. Heroin was both muse and merciless master. Out of this tumultuous life spilled a messy array of brilliant artworks and astonishing self-reflection.

In 2019, this Australian icon meets two of Australia’s greatest artists in a brand new work for the Australian stage: Whiteley, by Elena Kats-Chernin and Justin Fleming.

Kats-Chernin is peerless among contemporary composers, celebrated for her enormous output and music that bursts with colour, life and tenderness. Fleming is a respected playwright and librettist whose work is renowned for its warmth, wit and poignancy.

Together they’ve created an opera to honour the life and work of a man who could not extricate his talent from his demons.

Production designer Dan Potra’s technology-driven set is an immersive world created from Whiteley’s most famous paintings. Experience the works of a modern master on moving, larger-than-life screens.


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Composed by Elena Kats-Chernin
Libretto by Justin Fleming
   
Conductor Tahu Matheson
Director David Freeman
Production Designer Dan Potra
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Digital Content Sean Nieuwenhuis
Assistant Director John Sheedy
Consultant Ashleigh Wilson

Cast to be announced

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra


Running time: approximately 2 hours, including one interval.


Sung in English with English surtitles.


Image:
Brett Whiteley (Australia; England, b.1939, d.1992) 
Self portrait in the studio 1976 
oil, collage, hair on canvas, 200.5 x 259 cm 
Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Purchased 1977 
© Wendy Whiteley 
Photo: AGNSW, Christopher Snee

Production Partner

Philip Bacon Galleries

“Even if you don't know [Elena Kats-Chernin's] name, you're bound to have heard her music, whether on the radio, online, at the Olympics or in the Sydney Opera House.”

The Sydney Morning Herald
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