The life of a performer and life as performance
Recital remains one of Chamber Made Opera’s most toured works, celebrated from Caracas to Covent Garden. Recital offers satirical profundity from a rich and humorous examination of a operatic myths, here staged with Beckettian simplicity.
Involving ten of the world’s best known and best loved arias and David Chesworth’s witty and original score, Recital is a highly original hybrid of opera and theatre. As much satire as celebration of ‘high art’, the distinction between the life of a performer, and life as performance, blurs with telling consequences.
Recital offers satirical profundity from a rich and humorous examination of a operatic myths, here staged with Beckettian simplicity. Recital remains one of Chamber Made’s most toured works, celebrated from Caracas to Covent Garden.
Text by Douglas Horton in collaboration with Helen Noonan
Original music by David Chesworth. Arias by Puccini, Pergolesi, Mozart et al.
Instrumentation – sop., pf., sampler.
“…a real coup de theatre…”
2005: Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse Theatre (June)
2004: South Korean tour – Seoul, Daegu, Busan (March)
2004: Victorian tour – Shepparton, Portland, Sale, Castlemaine, Warburton, Bayswater (July – August)
1996: Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Santafe de Bogota (27 – 31 March)
1996: Festival Internacional de Las Artes de Costa Rica (22 – 23 March)
1995: Fairfax Studio, Victorian Arts Centre (21 – 24 June)
1994: New Zealand Festival of the Arts, Memorial Theatre Wellington (15 – 26 March)
1994: Perth Festival, Dolphin Theatre (22 – 26 February)
1994: Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre (1 – 5 March)
1993: Open University Theatre, Milton Keynes (9 – 13 June)
1993: Covent Garden Opera Festival, The Donmar Warehouse London (26 – 29 May)
1992: Edinburgh Fringe Festival (14 August – 5 September)
1992: Caracas International Festival, Venezuela (14 – 17 April)
1992: National Theatre, St Kilda (4 – 5 April)
1991: Alice Springs, Canberra, Adelaide
1990: Castlemaine Market and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ballarat (5 – 8 November)
1990: Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane (13 – 24 November)
1990: Tasmanian tour: Civic Theatre, Burnie; TSIT Theatre, Launceston; Theatre Royal, Hobart (2 October – 6 October)
1990: Melbourne Fringe Festival, Anthill Theatre (12 – 29 September)
1990: Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney in Association with Musica Viva and the Australian Opera (10 April – 29 April)
1989: World Premiere: Victorian Arts Centre, Anthill Theatre, Universal Theatre
TextDouglas Horton and Helen Noonan