Victorian Opera will unveil the world premiere of three short chamber operas online this Saturday, after the cancellation of its scheduled presentation due to COVID-19. Featuring singer-songwriter Katie Noonan, Three Talesis a triple bill adaptation of Flaubert’s short story collection Trois Contes. Australian composers Zac Hurren, Dermot Tutty and Stefan Cassomenos have each written an opera based on an adaptation by playwright Daniel Keene.
“Commissioning, developing and staging new Australian opera is at the core of Victorian Opera’s purpose,” said VO Artistic Director Richard Mills. “ Three Talesdeftly illuminates the substance of Flaubert’s Three Tales; starkly realised images, the extremes of human experience, the deceptive and ever-changing nature of reality.”
“Adapting to current global circumstances, we felt an imperative to premiere the chamber opera when we would be gathered at the theatre enjoying its performance live,” Mills added.
Noonan will appear in one-woman work A Simple Heart, scored by Hurren and telling the story of a devoted servant called Felicité. Tutty’s The Legend of St Julian the Hospitallerfollows a man’s journey from conquerer and hunter to compassionate hermit, while Cassomenos revisits the story of Salome and John the Baptist in Herodias.