Detached Cultural Organisation, Victorian Opera and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in association with Ten Days on the Island present
9 Mar Thu 5:45 pm
10 Mar Fri 7:30 pm
11 Mar Sat 2:00 pm
11 Mar Sat 7:30 pm
12 Mar Sun 4:00 pm
13 Mar Mon 5:00 pm
FULL PRICE: $65
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Language No Barrier
This is an operatic work that can be engaged with by the hearing community without a comprehensive understanding of the English language.
This venue is accessible to people that use wheelchairs and has level access throughout the event space. Please note that there is no level access to bathrooms in this venue.
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This venue is level access to interact with the event space. Please note that steps will be encountered to access bathrooms, which are on a lower level.
Suitable for all ages
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- Public availability of hand sanitiser at Festival venues.
- Patrons, staff, volunteers and artists are encouraged not to attend events if they are unwell.
By Don Kay (composer) and John Honey (librettist)
For renowned Tasmanian composer Don Kay bereavement after his beloved wife’s death was profound. From his loss this mini-opera was born – a series of vocal works evoking the ancient phrase memento mori (remember, you will die) with its inescapable, plain truth.
In collaboration with lyricist John Honey, Kay creates a rich musical and theatrical journey through the universal themes of fragility, vulnerability and the certainty of death.
These four works for soprano and baritone give voice to our demise yet also amplify the wondrous contradiction and complexity that, while we remain, life can and must go on. A reflection on ageing, illness, death and loss, Memento Mori reminds us also of the enduring triumph of love, catharsis, renewal, and optimism.
Theatrical staging and evocative projections bring Memento Mori into the realm of mini opera. In tribute to Don Kay on his 90th birthday, these performances will be realised by three eminent Australian opera artists: baritone Douglas McNicol, soprano Christine Douglas and director Roger Hodgman, with visual design by Michael Bugelli and Joseph Shrimpton.
Composer – Don Kay
Lyricist – John Honey
Director – Roger Hodgman
Lighting Design – Jason James
Visual Design – Michael Bugelli and Joseph Shrimpton
Singers – Douglas McNicol, Christine Douglas
Piano – Vanessa Sharman
Post Show Q&A
Join Memento Mori key creatives Don Kay, John Honey and Roger Hodgman for a Post Show Q&A on 12 Mar Sun 5PM.
Image Credit: Michael Bugelli