Transfigured Night

The making and unmaking of opera

(aka Dr Forbes Will See You Now)

A struggling composer of the 1920s who goes by the name of Arnold Schoenberg  is given a Faustian opportunity to compose a new opera for a prestigious opera house. Nonetheless, his plans to create a new music, the first utterances of    twentieth century modernism, are frustrated at every turn as, time and again,  life imitates art. A satirical look at the making and unmaking of opera this  century.

Stephen Ingham’s compositional style is eclectic and wide-ranging. His electroacoustic opera No Straight Lines, which won the Carl Maria von Weber prize in Germanyin 1994, was staged in Dresden in 1995.

“… a must see … it’s brilliant …”


Instrumentation sop., mez., ten., 2 bar., vlc, cl/bass cl/sop sax, tpt/cor, perc, pf

1998: World Premiere Victorian Arts Centre Playhouse, Melbourne,  September 1998.