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Cassomenos, Hurren, Tutty

Three Tales

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
26 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020

Three French tales, three Australian composers, one world premiere


Starkly realised images, the extremes of human experience, the deceptive and ever-changing nature of reality: all form the narrative substance of Gustave Flaubert’s Three Tales.

This new Australian opera assembles three talented composers to bring their unique styles to an adaptation by acclaimed Australian playwright Daniel Keene.

A Simple Heart, the story of devoted servant Felicité, is realised by jazz saxophonist Zac Hurren and performed by much-loved singer-songwriter Katie Noonan.

Dermot Tutty explores the world of The Legend of St Julian the Hospitaller; following a man’s transformation from fierce conqueror and hunter to compassionate hermit.

The story of Salome and John the Baptist is revisited in Herodias, composed by Stefan Cassomenos.

Experience three compositionally diverse new Australian works in this intimate chamber opera featuring virtuosic Melbourne ensemble PLEXUS.

Dates & Times

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Friday 26 June 2020, 7.30pm
Saturday 27 June 2020, 1.00pm
Saturday 27 June 2020, 7.30pm

Sung in English with English surtitles

Price reserve maps for this production can be found on our Venue Information page.

Cast & Creatives


Composer Stefan Cassomenos

The Legend Of St Julian The Hospitaller

Composer Dermot Tutty

A Simple Heart

Composer Zac Hurren

Librettist Daniel Keene
Conductor Richard Mills
Director Jane Davidson
Costume Designer Harriet Oxley
Lighting Designer Philip Lethlean
Sound Designer Jim Atkins

Featuring Katie Noonan
PLEXUS Ensemble Monica Curro,  Philip Arkinstall,  Stefan Cassomenos

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