Past Performances

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‘Aussie rules meets Mozart in a you-beaut, zany and delightful adaptation……more than 30 Oz Rock hits sits comfortably among Mozart’s golden hued score’.

Herald Sun 10/10/16 Paul Selar.

 

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Presents

Verdi’s La Traviata

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The Men’s Gallery

Emotionworks latest cut opera ‘La Traviata’ performs in the iconic and sumptuous table top dancing club – The Men’s Gallery. Cut down to 90 minutes and fused with great jazz standards of the 30’, 40’s and beyond, this will be a show to remember. Performances are at 4pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s July 16th, 17th, 23th, 24th, 30th and 31st. (601 Lonsdale St, Melbourne).
Taking this much loved classic out of the theatre and presenting the story in a real-life contemporary setting – The Mens Gallery is the perfect location for this cabaret style production and story about a sex worker!
This story does not belong in just opera houses – it belongs with the people. It is the story of a famous prostitute Violetta (La Traviata – “the fallen one”) surviving in a harsh world and how virtue is often found where we least expect it. Decency and humanity is found in all walks of life.
The infused Jazz songs echo and highlight the same sentiments throughout the story commenting on the human condition. Award winning Director Julie Edwardson has put together a strong cast including singers from Opera Australia as well as professional jazz and blues performers. The show features performers referencing some of history’s sexiest female icons (and some male ones thrown in too!). Accompanied by the Cut Opera house combo this will be a unique experience and a story to remember.
As part of our mission to engage a new and younger audience to experience opera – these shows will be free to under 25’s. Standing room only.
Performances are outside the clubs normal operating hours
No under 18’s permitted
No nudity or explicit sex scenes

 

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MEMO MUSIC HALL – St Kilda – Sunday 18th October -2015 3pm

In a production that’s been described as a ‘blues nightmare with a sexy mix of Latin, salsa and jazz’, Emotionworks Cut Opera present Bizet’s Carmen.

In the tradition of Cut Opera, award-winning director Julie Edwardson has fused the much-loved Carmen score with a mix of sensual, modern day music, providing a different angle to the standard sounds of opera. This revolutionary adaptation contains no boring bits, and that’s a promise!

This revised production now includes a troupe of young gorgeous salsa dancers and a guest flamenco dancer and we also like to encourage the audience to get up and have a dance, so don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

 

 

LA BEATLE BOHEME

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YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION………WELL HERE IT IS!
PUCINNI’S LA BOHEME IN AN ICON OF ROCK MUSIC – THE PRINCE BAND ROOM

Opera and rock go side by side. The beautiful music of Puccini’s La Boheme is augmented by the best of the Beatles classics in this tragic love story. It will play the Prince of Wales band room in the St Kilda Festival and the weeks beyond.

Emotionworks Cut Opera Company is mounting a revolutionary take on Puccini’s famous opera La Boheme referencing the life and times of the Beatles.  In a spooky coincidence, La Boheme is a story about four struggling young creatives striving to realise their artistic ambitions and embrace love.  Remind you of anyone?  Emotionworks changes the location from Paris to Liverpool and the two sets of lovers to mirror Paul and Linda and John and Yoko. Opera being opera, young love turns to tragedy as one of the lovers dies. Once again, remind you of anyone?  It is as if Puccini had the Beatles in mind.

Directed by Julie Edwardson, former principal singer and director with Opera Australia, the cast will include both professional opera and contemporary singers. In the tradition of Emotionworks Cut Opera this production will be cut down to around 90 minutes and have all the best Beatles songs mixed throughout. The tickets will be as cheap as chips and we are performing in a venue where you can actually buy chips.  That is not your average opera house fare and we are not your average opera company.  Come and sing-along to your favourite Beatles songs!

Emotionworks has a tradition of performing in site specific locations – Traviata in a strip club, Wagner’s Ring Cycle in a boxing ring, and Carmen in The Spanish Club. Taking this cut down version of La Beatles Boheme to a rock music venue makes sense. La Beatles Boheme can be seen at the Prince of Wales Band Room.
Dates: Saturday 31st Jan and Sunday 1st Feb (2015 St Kilda Festival), 14th and 15th of Feb, 21st and 22nd of Feb, 28th Feb and 1st of March 2015 – All shows at 5 pm. Extended season by popular demand every Sunday at 5pm.

 CARMEN

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In a production that’s been described as a “blues nightmare with a sexy mix of Latin, Salsa and Jazz”, Emotionworks Cut Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Flying Saucer Club on Saturday 15th November.

In the tradition of Cut Opera, award-winning director Julie Edwardson has fused the much-loved Carmen score with a mix of sensual, modern day music, providing a different angle to the standard sounds of opera.

Edwardson and her productions are revolutionising a new aspect of opera by exposing atypical audiences to the genre by combining it with other styles and presenting contemporised interpretations of classic performances in venues where you least expect it.

In this cabaret adaptation of Carmen, you can expect blood, sex, murder and intrigue. You’ll be up on your feet at the sounds of Bizet’s wonderful music blended with Edwardson’s touch, which has produced an original, gutsy, updated version of the much-loved original.

This is opera in its most essential form – using a multitude of musical genres and vocal styles and featuring some great salsa dancing. Certainly no boring bits, and that’s a promise!

When: Saturday 15th November 2014
Doors: 6pm (Seats/Dining), 8pm (GA) – Showtime: 8.40pm
Where: THE FLYING SAUCER CLUB – 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick
Tickets: $33+bf (Reserved Seating), $25 (Door – GA)
More info: http://www.flyingsaucerclub.com.au

 CARMEN

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Carmen at the spanish Club – Opera descends into a Blues nightmare with a sexy mix of Latin and salsa – Bring your dancing shoes!

Blood, guts, murder and intrigue in this Cabaret version will get your feet dancing.

The Spanish Club – 59 Johnston street, Fitzroy Saturday May 17th 2014 – 8:30pm, Sunday 18th – 2:30pm

 DEATH BY ELEGY

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Emotionworks next production is a departure from Cut Opera!  In September, we are performing an original musical play written by one of our own.  Dick Gross has written Death By Elegy a touching, beautiful and occasionally whacky musical exploration about the human response to death.

Harry is dying, his wife has just died and he is desperate to engage with his daughter Gracie, still damaged by her mum’s death. As Gracie and Harry talk, their conversation is sprinkled by sublime excerpts from Requiems by Mozart, Verdi and Faure that will be sung by a quartet of Emotionworks singers. Harry tries to tear Gracie from her screens to chat to her about death through the poem, Thomas Gray’s “Elegy written in a Country Churchyard” completed in 1750. He employs Dorothy Gray, Tom’s mum (herself dead 250 years) to assist. Together they unlock the nature of death for Gracie and for himself.

Directed by Julie Edwardson, this production is true to our tradition of using site specific venues as it will be performed in the St Kilda Uniting Church (Crn of Chapel and Carlisle}.Friday September 12 at 8.30pm Saturday September 13 at 8.30 pm,Sunday September 14 at 3.30 pm,Friday September 19 2014 at 8.30 pm,Saturday September 20 at 8.30 pm.

 HANSEL & GRETEL

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Hansel and Gretel at the Boite – Opera but not as we knoew it. Humperdinks disfunctional family, teenagers from hell and the wicked witch of the esplanade – kooky, funny and a bit scary with an evil brew of gospel, soul Jazz and latin mixed into Humperdinks beautiful german folk inspired music.

Boite World music cafe – 1 Mark St, Nth fitzroy. Saturday 24th may 2013- 8pm.

LA TRAVIATA

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EMOTIONWORKS – Cut Opera presents Verdis Traviata in 90 minutes with a smooth mix of Jazz and Blues and a gorgeous female cast referencing histories sex icons.
The Flying Saucer Club
4 St Georges Road
Elsternwick
Saturday 8th February 2013
8.30pm
Bookings 9528 3600
info@Flyingsaucerclub.com.au

MELBOURNE RING FESTIVAL

As part of Opera Australia’s Ring Festival – Wagner’s Ring Cycle performed in a boxing ring in one hour. Action packed, no boring bits and revved up with legendary popular music. Cut Opera continues to go where no opera has gone before by performing in a boxing gymnasium. A comic, light hearted spoof of this epic tale referencing rock legends and mixing together operatic and contemporary voices. This is something for all Cut Opera Ring photomusical tastes!

Directed by award winning opera director Julie Edwardson, come and see the gods of Wagner’s Ring transformed into rock gods including Elvis, Cher, Jagger, Madonna, Freddy Mercury, and Bowie just to name a few – all fighting in the ring to get their hands on the Ring! Who will be the Lord of the Ring?

Wagner’s archetypal themes of human behaviour and emotions are portrayed in this production through a caricatured cartoon approach, which tells the story truthfully and heightens its intensity.

Saturday 23 rd, Sunday 24th of November,
Saturday 30th of November, Sunday 1st of December,2013
All shows 5pm
St Kilda PCYC Boxing Hall, 179 Inkerman St, St Kilda

The St Kilda PCYC is a not-for-profit organisation that endeavours to engage youthhttp://stkildapcyc.org/programs/youth/ at all levels. Emotionworks tickets sales will contribute to this cause.

LA TRAVIATA

From the National Gallery to the Mens Gallery – Emotionworks latest cut opera performs in the iconic table top dancing club – The Mens Gallery, 601 Lonsdale Street Melbourne, on Saturday 27th, Sunday the 28th April, and Saturday 4th, Sunday the 5th of May. All shows will start at 4pm and run for approximately an hour and a half.

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Taking this much loved classic out of its restraints and presenting the story in a real-life, contemporary setting – The Mens Gallery is the perfect location!

This story does not belong in just opera houses – it belongs with the people. It is the story of a fallen woman (la traviata – “the fallen one”) surviving in a harsh world and how virtue is often found where we least expect it. Decency and humanity is found in all walks of life.

Echoing the same sentiments and comments on the human condition, this production is infused with great jazz songs from the 30’s, 40’s and beyond. Director Julie Edwardson (Green Room Award winner best opera director 2011) has put together a strong cast including singers from Opera Australia and Vic Opera as well as professional jazz and blues performers. The show has an all-female chorus referencing some of histories sexiest icons. Accompanied by the Cut Opera house combo this will be a unique experience and a story to remember.

CARMEN

Blood, Guts, Sex, Murder and Intrigue, in a grunge, street theatre style production.

St Kilda Lawn Bowls Club

When: June 5th & June 11th 2011.

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Opera descends into a blues nightmare with blood, guts, sex, murder and intrigue – a night of opera, gospel, jazz and blues featuring the South of the River Gospel Choir and special guests.

Caravan Music Club

When: Sat 17th March 2012 @ 8 pm

 TOSCA

The NGV International and Emotionworks Cut Opera is proud to announce its upcoming production of Puccini’s Tosca, presented in the Persimon Room September the 20th and 21st 2012 – 6.30 pm.

“The French are coming”!!! Love, War, Sex and Betrayal fused with French nostalgia and Cajun blues in this original interpretation of the much loved classic.

This exciting opera company is the brainchild of opera director Julie Edwardson (2011 Green Room award winner – best director and producer for Opera Australia’s La Sonnambula). By combining traditional opera with other music genres, Julie has adapted well known opera’s to appeal to a broad range of musical tastes.

Puccini’s 1900 opera was originally set in Italy during the time of Napoleon’s invasion, following the French victory in the Battle of Marengo in 1800. Its melodramatic plot centers on Floria Tosca, a celebrated opera singer; her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, an artist and Bonapartist sympathiser; and Baron Scarpia, Rome’s ruthless Regent of Police. By the end of the opera, all three are dead.

This production is an hour in length, is presented in a cabaret street theatre style, and set sometime between then and now. This opera has something for everybody.

Following the opera the cast will present a soiree of much loved French classics.

Cut Opera – great music with no boring bits.

HANSEL AND GRETAL &

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The Caravan Club presents Emotionworks – Cut Opera

Saturday 27th October 2012 8pm, Caravan Music Club 95 Drummond St, Oakleigh

Hansel & Gretel and Tosca

An exciting night of two one hour operas which have been adapted to appeal to a broad range of musical tastes. Contrasting up and coming opera and music theatre singers with professional jazz, blues and contemporary performers. The operas are presented in a grunge, street theatre style production, with a healthy dose of humour, love, irreverence and disrespect thrown in. This is opera at the lowest level with no boring bits!!

HUMPERDINK’S HANSEL AND GRETEL:  A dysfunctional family, teenagers from hell and the wicked witch of the Esplanade. Kooky, funny and quite scary with an evil brew of gospel, soul, folk, jazz, blues and Latin.

PUCCINI’S TOSCA: Love, war, sex and betrayal fused with nostalgic French inspired pop and blues in an original interpretation of this much loved classic. Its melodramatic plot centres on Floria Tosca, a celebrated opera singer; her lover, Mario Cavaradossi, an artist; and Scarpia, Rome’s ruthless Regent of Police. By the end of the opera, all three are dead.

The revolution starts now!!

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