Seven Deadly Sins

In late 2014, I was selected to contribute two scenes to Victorian Opera’s Seven Deadly Sins project, for performance on 6 November 2015. A companion piece to the Brecht/Weill piece of the same name, to be performed by Meow Meow, the two scenes carried the double theme of a sin and an Australian capital city (akin to the German original which is set in the United States). I was assigned Brisbane/Sloth and Sydney/Lust. The other composers were Julian Langdon, Mark Viggiani and Jessica Wells.

Performed 6 November, 2015 at Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Orchestra Victoria conducted by Tahu Matheson
Directed by Cameron Menzies
Costumes by Linda Britten
Lighting by Joseph Mercurio
Sloth performed by Nathan Lay, Cristina Russo, Matthew Tng
Lust performed by Kate Amos, Nathan Lay, Elizabeth Lewis, Emma Muir-Smith, Michael Petrucelli, Cristina Russo, Matthew Tng
Music preparation by Phoebe Briggs, Simon Bruckard and Phillipa Safey.

Commission supported by Symphony Services International and the Composer Development Program of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Photo by Charlie Kinross for Victorian Opera
Photo by Charlie Kinross for Victorian Opera

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