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lyric opera of melbourne and theatre works present

music by andrew schultz | libretto by glenn perry | based on the novella of the same name by helen garner

The Children's Bach

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

VENUE

music by andrew schultz | libretto by glenn perry | based on the novella of the same name by helen garner

Set on the banks of Merri Creek in suburban Melbourne in the 1980s, The Children’s Bach centres on Dexter and Athena Fox, their son, and the insulated world they’ve built together. When a friend from Dexter’s past resurfaces and introduces the couple to the city’s bohemian underground, Athena begins to wonder if life might hold more for her, and the tenuous bonds that tie the Foxes together start to fray. It is a piece about love in its many forms.

Given the metaphorical weight music is given in Helen Garner’s work, containing many references to music, both classical and popular, it is no wonder that the novella lends itself so well to becoming an opera. The music is beautiful, powerful, complex, and haunting. It faithfully recreates the novel’s inner-suburban world. The score plays on the book’s musical references while remaining utterly original. It employs everything from jazz-inspired riffs to fugal structure to accompany the progression of romantic entanglements. Performed by seven singers, and a chamber orchestra of six players, in the words of Michael Halliwell “the opera is an evocative meditation on the messiness and complexity of human relationships…” It is a profound and masterful contemporary chamber opera that is engaging and thought-provoking.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Patrick Burns, this is the third production of an outstanding Australian chamber opera performed at Theatre Works by Lyric Opera. First was the acclaimed and multi-award winning Iphis in 2022 followed by the equally lauded and critical triumph Biographica in 2023. The Children’s Bach features a cast of some of Victoria’s finest established and emerging opera artists including Kate Amos, Michael Honeyman, Juel Rigall and Lucy Schneider, directed by Katy Maudlin and conducted by Patrick Burns.

This opera was commissioned and premiered in 2008 by Chamber Made. This will be the second full production of the work.

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

Friday 30 August - 7:30pm (Preview)
Saturday 31 August - 7:30pm (Opening Night)

Tuesday 3 September - 7:30pm
Wednesday 4 September - 7:3pm
Thursday 5 September - 7:30pm
Friday 6 September - 7:30pm
Saturday 7 September - 7:30pm

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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