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composer andrew schultz libretto: glen perry after the novel by helen garner

The Children's Bach

29 AUGUST - 7 SEPTEMBER | THEATRE WORKS
The Children's Bach

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composer andrew schultz libretto: glen perry after the novel by helen garner

The Children's Bach is a chamber opera by the Australian composer Andrew Schultz to a libretto by Glenn Perry, based on the 1984 novella of the same name by Helen Garner. The Children’s Bach was Garner’s third published book and second novel and was received critically both in Australia and internationally.

It tells the story of Athena and Dexter, who lead a tight- knit family life in Melbourne, innocent of fashion and bound by duty towards their autistic child, Billy. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a colourful figure from Dexter’s past. With her sister (Vicki), fickle boyfriend (Philip) and his smart teenage daughter (Poppy), the couple are drawn into a world of casual egotism and sexuality they had barely dreamed of. As the two worlds crash together, there is substantial fallout and collateral damage. Can they get home again, can they heal, and will they ever be the same again?

The opera was commissioned and premiered in 2008 by Chamber Made. “The title of the work is taken from a primer of keyboard music, edited by E. Harold Davies, in whose opening pages we read: ‘Polyphony: which is the combining together of many melodies – requires first and foremost, a sure instinct for each individual part.’ Through short vignettes Garner simultaneously provides access to each character’s thoughts and voice. As Don Anderson has suggested, Garner ‘weaves her characters’ loves and lives together … in a way that Papa Bach would have recognised as contrapuntal’.”(Bernadette Brennan)

This will be a brand new production and the third under the Artistic Direction of Patrick Burns at Lyric Opera. Lyric Opera has focused on bringing high quality productions of Australian Chamber Operas to Melbourne audiences with the highly acclaimed production of Biographica in 2023, and the Green Room Award Winning Iphis in 2022. Featuring a cast of some of Victoria’s finest established and emerging opera artists, along with some of Victoria’s finest creatives, this will be a production that is very close to home. It is a very moving piece and ask questions about the domestic lives that we lead.

Theatre Works
14 Acland Street, St Kilda

DURATION

85 Minutes

WARNINGS

Strong Language, Strong Sexual references, Drug References, Not suitable for Children or persons under 15 years of Age

ACCESSIBILITY

Theatre Works is a wheelchair accessible venue. A full access guide will be available closer to the date.

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DATES + TIMES

Thursday 29 August - 7:30pm (Preview night)
Friday 30 August - 7:30pm (Opening Night)
Saturday 31 August - 7:30pm (Show 2)

Tuesday 3 September - 7:30pm (Show 3)
Thursday 5 September - 7:30pm (Show 4)
Friday 6 September - 7:30pm (Show 5)
Saturday 7 September - 7:30pm (Show 6)

Theatre Works has a lockout policy for latecomers.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to ensure you don't miss out.

Refunds will not be issued to latecomers.

Dates
TICKETS

FULL PRICE

$60.00

CONCESSION*

$40.00

PREVIEW

$28.00

20 at $20**

$20.00

MOB TIX

$20.00

*Seniors, Student, MEAA, Health Care and Low Income card holders

**Limited to 20 tickets per performance

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Shows in the WITH THEATRE WORKS stream align strongly our values and missions - these works we co-produce and co-present with independent artists and/or companies. Projects within this stream receive significant producing, marketing, PR and production support in addition to free use of the venue and a generous box office split.

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CREDITS

CONDUCTED BY
Patrick Burns
(Artistic Director)

COMPOSER
Andrew Schultz

LIBRETTO
Glen Perry
after the novel by
Helen Garner

Credits
MEET THE ARTIST -
Lyric Opera of Melbourne

Established in 2003, Lyric Opera of Melbourne is a bold, creative opera company committed to developing operatic artists, building new audiences and enriching the operatic repertoire by creating a forum for the production of lesser-known works. Lyric's work is focused on producing innovative and exploratory music-based theatre, using contemporary practices that challenge, engage and inspire artists and audiences alike. ​In 2022, the company won 4 Green Room Awards for their production of Iphis by Elena Kats-Chernin and Richard Toop, including Best Opera Production and Best Design.

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