30 September - 1 October 2016
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 Dutchman) devised by Deakin Motion.Lab under the direction of Dr Kim Vincs.
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.
Dr Kim Vincs
Deakin Motion.Lab* under the direction of Dr Kim Vincs
Victorian Opera Youth Opera
Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra
Merlyn, The Coopers Malthouse
Venue Information/Seating Map
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
Concession/Group (8+) $45
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
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)