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Seven Deadly Sins

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
6 Nov 2015

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.

Performance date

Friday 6 November 2015, 7.30pm

Sung in German and English with English surtitles.

80 minutes with one interval.

Cast & Crew

Conductor Tahu Matheson
Director & Design Concept Cameron Menzies
Costume Designer Linda Britten
Lighting Designer Joe Mercurio 

Kurt Weill: The Seven Deadly Sins

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


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

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

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.

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.

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).

Commissions supported by

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