Chamber Made Opera has launched its 2013 Keyholder program that will celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary. It will also be Artistic Director David Young’s last year at the helm of what continues to be Australia’s most radical and experimental opera company.
“In David Young, we have been so fortunate to have an Artistic Director who combines a broad artistic vision with an intensely practical flair for producing, financing and communicating the importance of such radical work. This rare combination of talents has enabled David to take the company from the brink of collapse in 2009 to the dynamic and compelling position it now occupies …” Michael Bink, Chair of Chamber Made Opera.
In Chamber Made Opera’s now typically intriguing and spontaneous style, full details of the program will be released gradually over the coming months. The burgeoning Living Room Opera Series will continue to present small-scale, edgy operas in people’s living rooms.
In 2013, the Living Room Opera Series continues to expand and develop. As well as remounting some favourites, the company has commissioned a staggering FIVE new works, beginning with a premiere in February 2012 at the In Between Time Festival centered in Bristol UK—one of the most important festivals in Europe for showcasing present and future art. Artists Zierle & Carter, well known for their cutting-edge practice in Live Art, will create this new Living Room Opera.
Other premieres in 2013 will include Margaret Cameron’s latest solo work Opera for a Small Mammal in partnership with Bell Shakespeare; Turbulence by Berlin-based composer Juliana Hodkinson and Melbourne writer Cynthia Troup set on one of the first commercial airline flights; an Edible Flower Opera which will place simultaneously in Melbourne and countryside Belgium; and an interactive puppetry and animation opera inspired by the work of street artist Banksy.
Keyholders will gain access to all Living Room Operas as well as special events and insider experiences, like a subscription with benefits. Keys start at $395 for the year (or $695 for two). Gold Keys bring extra privileges ($2,500) while the Master Key (of which there is only one, priced at $25,000) brings an opera into your very own living room.
“Nurturing and developing four years of programming with the deeply passionate artists who are Chamber Made Opera has allowed me to take artistic risks like never before. The Minotaur Trilogy (which premiered in the 2012 Melbourne festival) was thrilling, provoking and very new. Next year will take us even closer to the edge of opera, and I am incredibly excited to see what comes after that, for myself and for this remarkable company, with its esteemed history.” David Young, Artistic Director of Chamber Made Opera since 2009.
Chamber Made Opera’s hunt for its new Artistic Director has begun, and just as opera employs all the artforms, remarkable individuals from all areas of art and design and all parts of the world are encouraged to apply.
Details of Chamber Made Opera’s fantastic 2013 Keyholder program can be found here.
The Artistic Director position description can be found here.