Seven Deadly Sins.

A double bill of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins: A Sung Ballet with text by Bertolt Brecht & new Australian works.


International cabaret sensation Meow Meow joins Australia’s brightest young composers and Victorian Opera’s next generation of stars as they reimagine the seven deadly sins for the 21st century.

Discover seven wicked new songs inspired by the confrontational style of the Berliner Kabarett and the dark side of Australia’s cities, featuring Brisbane as Sloth, Sydney as Lust, Canberra as Pride, Melbourne as Greed, Hobart as Envy, Adelaide as Gluttony and Perth as Anger.

Then with a voice described as ‘hypnotic’ and ‘mesmerising’, Meow Meow brings to life the role of Anna, a woman in search of fortune who succumbs to the sins of the big city in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins.

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

Single tickets now available. BOOK ONLINE >

Conductor Tahu Matheson

Director & Design Concept Cameron Menzies

Costume Designer Linda Britten

Lighting Designer Joe Mercurio



Ballet with songs

Text by Bertolt Brecht


Seven Deadly Sins 

Prologue & Adelaide (Gluttony) Julian Langdon

Perth (Anger) & Hobart (Envy) Mark Viggiani

Melbourne (Greed) & Canberra (Pride) Jessica Wells

Brisbane (Sloth) & Sydney (Lust) Ian Whitney

Starring Meow Meow

With Kate Amos, Carlos E. Bárcenas, Jeremy Kleeman, Nathan Lay, Elizabeth Lewis, Emma Muir-Smith, Michael Petruccelli, Cristina Russo & Matthew Tng

Featuring the students of the Master of Music (Opera Performance), a collaboration between Victorian Opera and the Melbourne Conservation of Music, University of Melbourne.

Orchestra Victoria



Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne


  • Friday 6 November 2015, 7.30pm

Sung in German and English with English surtitles.
80 minutes with one interval.


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  • Phone: Arts Centre Melbourne on  1300 182 183
  • In person: Arts Centre Melbourne Box Office, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. Click here to find out more.
  • Pricing: Tickets $60 - $65. Concession and VOyage ($30 tickets for 30 years and under) available. Transaction fees apply
  • School Group Bookings: *School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Arts Centre Melbourne on (03) 9281 8582.
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  • Dates: 6 November (7.30pm) at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Pricing: $25 per student
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Book online > or call 1300 182 183.
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Would you like to introduce your Grade Preps to the sounds of an opera singer? Give your VCE Theatre Studies class an intensive workshop on Lighting Design? We are able to create a tailored incursion for your school delivered by our team of relevant specialists. Please get in touch and we’ll chat to you further about how to introduce your students to the many elements of opera.

When: All year round
What: Workshops, tailored activities, outreach, school tickets, resources
How: Contact Deborah Vanderwerp, Education Officer via email or call 03 9001 6413



The Wall


The Seven Deadly Sins programme is now online and filled with notes from the creative team, artist biographies and more.

View the programme online >

Perth (Anger)

Rosanna and her daughter Gianina (Cristina Russo) bitterly contest Mr Big’s mining fortune.

Canberra (Pride)

Australia's recent political leaders including Abbott (Nathan Lay) and a chorus of commentators reflect on the last nine years of Australia's leadership politics.

Adelaide (Gluttony)

 A food reviewer Bob (Michael Petruccelli) contemplates his health with his alter ego, Gustus, the glutton within.

Melbourne (Greed)

Who was John Wren? Saintly man or man of greed? Performed by the full ensemble including Emma Muir-Smith.

Brisbane (Sloth)

Joh (Matthew Tng) and Pete struggle under the heat, humidity and a visit from Milton's Angel.

Sydney (Lust)

Sydneysiders at a café, flirt with each other and swirl around the waitress Helene (Elizabeth Lewis).

Hobart (Envy)

Maria, a princess from Hobart (Kate Amos) competes with her interstate rivals for the hand of a prince on a TV gameshow.