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30 September - 1 October 2016

Four Saints in Three Acts

 

Charmingly irrational opera featuring talented young artists and quirky 3D scenery.

After a choral introduction to thirty saints, a series of tableaux featuring St Teresa II unfolds on the steps of a Cathedral. At a garden party near Barcelona there is a dance, a game and a heavenly vision through a telescope. In a monastery garden, saints discuss monastic life and see a vision. In heaven, the saints remember their earthly life. 

Composed by Virgil Thomson and with zany joyous poetry by celebrated writer Gertrude Stein, Four Saints in Three Acts makes for charmingly irrational theatre. Inspired by jazz, gospel and folk music this surreal work about 16th century Spanish saints directed by Nancy Black will feature youth opera performers, a youth orchestra conducted by Phoebe Briggs (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) and 3D scenic imagery (The Flying Dutchmandevised by Deakin Motion.Lab under the direction of Dr Kim Vincs.

Download the programme.


A unique theatrical dining experience, a rare dinner with the Saints.

In what promises to be one of the most talked about experiences of the 2016 season, Victorian Opera will present a unique theatrical dinner following the performance of Four Saints in Three Acts on the stage of the Malthouse Theatre. In a separate ticketed event, Dinner with the Saints, guests will be treated to a menu inspired by the Alice B. Toklas cookbook prepared in consultation with respected chef Gay Bilson. 

Then, in a nod to the legendary salon parties hosted by Gertrude Stein and her muse, cook and lover Alice B. Toklas, guests will be treated to a ‘visitation’ from the luminary couple, with Alice B. Toklas brought to life by distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife and Gertrude Stein played by National treasure and singer, the legendary Robyn Archer.

Additional Information

 

Composer
Virgil Thomson

Librettist
Gertrude Stein

Director
Nancy Black

Co-Director
Dr Kim Vincs

Conductor
Phoebe Briggs

Digital Scenography
Deakin Motion.Lab* under the direction of Dr Kim Vincs

 

Cast

Victorian Opera Youth Opera

 

Orchestra

Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

 

Venue

Merlyn, The Coopers Malthouse
Venue Information/Seating Map

 

Dates

Friday 30 September   7:30pm
Saturday 1 October     7:30pm

SEASON SOLD OUT, PREVIEW TICKETS AVAILABLE

Friday 30 September 3:00pm
Book Here: bit.ly/2cMIBv4

 


Prices**

 

A RESERVE 

Adult $50
Concession/Group (8+) $45
Child $40

B RESERVE

Adult $45
Concession $40
Child $30
VOyage/Group (8+) $30 

*(17 and under)

** Please note that all ticket purchases attract a $3 Booking Fee. 

 

Dinner with the Saints - SOLD OUT

With menu by Gay Bilson and appearances from Robyn Archer as Gertrude Stein and Merlyn Quaife as Alice B. Toklas

Price  $170

Presented in partnership with the Deakin Motion.Lab and supported by the Australian Research Council*

*With research supported by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects Funding Scheme (project number LP140100742)