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THE CHILDREN'S BACH - CANBERRA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC

  • Fitters' Workshop 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston, ACT Australia (map)

THE CHILDREN’S BACH BY HELEN GARNER

Helen Garner’s novella The Children’s Bach from 1984 has been described as one the most perfect short novels in the English language.  By 2008 Andrew Schultz’ operatic transformation had turned the work into a gripping study of human and musical counterpoint. Central to the story is a young autistic boy whose rendition of Bach’s Polonaise for his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann brings the piece to its cathartic conclusion.

PROGRAM

The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner, opera by Andrew Schultz (b. 1960) on a libretto by Glen Perry

ARTISTS

Athena - Natalie Peluso, soprano
Dexter - David Greco, baritone
Billy - Michael Cherepinskiy
Poppy - Anna Khan
Elizabeth - Anna Fraser, mezzo soprano
Philip - Andrew Goodwin, tenor
Vicki/Angie/girl - Amy Moore, soprano

Jason Noble, Chin Cheng Lin, Chris Latham, Blair Harris, Max McBride, Edward Neeman, directed by Roland Peelman

Earlier Event: September 20
Peter Grimes - Brisbane Festival