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Banquet of Secrets premieres in Melbourne to audience and critical acclaim.

My new music theatre project, with libretto by Steve Vizard, premiered on March 1 at the Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne. Directed by Roger Hodgman,...

imageMy new music theatre project, with libretto by Steve Vizard, premiered on March 1 at the Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne. Directed by Roger Hodgman, it depicts a dinner held yearly by four old friends from University days. At this particular dinner, one of the four challenges the group to each share a secret kept from the others down the years. The cast, themselves old friends in real life, totally embraced the work and delivered memorable and moving performances. Soprano Antoinette Halloran, Mezzo Dimity Shepherd and tenors Kanen Breen and David Rogers-Smith are well-known to Australian lovers of opera and music theatre. Fine musicians all, and great actors, they have an opportunity in this piece to show the full range of their phenomenal skills. The band were no slouches, either, with clarinettist David Griffiths, violinist Liz Sellars, cellist Svetlana Bogoslavjevic and percussionist Peter Neville joining me onstage. I found the experience of leading the piece from the piano challenging, and very rewarding. The next season will be in Brisbane, opening on April 7 for three performances.
Steve and I are looking at our next project; there are quite a few ideas. Let’s see what happens.


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