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Opera has a habit of killing its heroines, but this one’s not going down without a fight.
Seven time Helpmann award-winner Emma Matthews performs a revealing and powerful musical confession inspired by her own journey and the many great opera heroines that she’s played. Can she make sense of the history that brought her here, or is her fate that of the many doomed opera heroines that have filled her life?
Set in the intimate Fairfax Studio, don’t miss this opportunity to experience the sublime voice of Australia’s greatest soprano, up close, consuming the space between artist and audience like never before. With music composed and performed by pianist Paul Grabowsky, a poetic libretto written by Steve Vizard, and Jamie Oehlers on Saxophone, this unique new work commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne is sure to become a modern classic.
We meet the artist as she reaches the pinnacle note, the cadenza, in the mad scene of Lucia di Lammermoor, just before she meets her untimely death…..not ready to sing her final note….. a note that could mark the end of not just this opera, but a life, a career, a journey. Through the power of her voice, time seems to stop, inviting us the audience to become voyeurs of her internal mutterings, struggles, memories, dreams, mortality, story. In this jumbled space of the artist’s deepest inner dreams, we share with her as she conjures up fragments of her life, the events that shaped and transformed her as a women and an artist and the dark forces that influence a career. The artist takes the audience through a night of her own delusions and remembrances of mortality, love, the purpose of existence, art and transcendence beyond the ephemeral here and now. Without a linear trajectory, the Space Between sits within the fragile, elusive half-remembered, half-imagined dreamscape of existential crisis.