Read the reviews: Banquet of Secrets

3 Mar 2016

Victorian Opera’s 16th commissioned work has premiered to a series of rave, four-star reviews and moved Melbourne to tears. Starring company favourites Antoinette Halloran, Kanen Breen, Dimity Shepherd and David Rogers-Smith.

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Banquet of Secrets. Photo: Jeff Busby

Feast on the critical acclaim and read the reviews:

The Australian

"For a decade, Victorian Opera has served unflaggingly as Australia’s most significant chamber opera and music theatre incubator."

"The company’s 16th commission, Banquet of Secrets, is an elegantly crafted, emotionally complex and superbly evocative work that explores the affirming role of enduring friendships in our imperfect lives.

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Banquet of Secrets. Photo: Jeff Busby

Herald Sun

"Through snapshots of 90 minutes of feasting, the storytelling comes alive as director Roger Hodgman infuses an easy swagger and touching homeliness."

"No other company invests opera with as much inclusiveness on the local scene than Victorian Opera."

"Performed with flair by a seasoned cast, the seemingly disparate friends create familiarity without feeling stereotyped.

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Banquet of Secrets. Photo: Jeff Busby

Daily Review

"Banquet of Secrets defies categorisation. Deliciously so."

"Another near-towering achievement for Victorian Opera… 100% fresh opera, locally sourced, by us, for us."

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Banquet of Secrets. Photo: Jeff Busby

Limelight

"A feast for the ears."

"Victorian Opera are perhaps the most avid advocates of new opera in Australia, but they are also savvy pragmatists, and the scale and aesthetic of Banquet of Secrets have clearly been carefully calculated. With just four singers and an actor on stage and five musicians in the band, the financial resources required to mount this production aren’t unnecessarily extravagant and Paul Grabowsky’s jazz-infused, pastiche-driven score never threatens to over tax a listener’s musical tastes." 

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Banquet of Secrets. Photo: Jeff Busby

Simon Parris: Man in Chair 

"The combination of Vizard’s well-conceived secrets, Grabowsky’s hypnotic music, Roger Hodgman’s confident direction and the excellent performances from the cast results in a number of spellbinding sequences."

"Top marks to Victorian Opera for cultivating this fine new work. It speaks volumes that Victorian Opera’s second presentation of the year is also their second world premiere of the year."

 Stage Whisper

"An absolute triumph"

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Banquet of Secrets was part of Victorian Opera's Season 2016 at Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse.