'Tis Pity (Victorian Opera)

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Peter Rose Monday, 13 February 2017
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Contemporary opera doesn’t come much more innovative, vibrant or entertaining than Victorian Opera’s ‘Tis Pity: An operatic fantasia on selling the skin and the teeth, which played at the Melbourne Recital Centre from 4–8 February. Indefatigable VO Artistic Director Richard Mills has composed and arranged the music as well as writing the reliably witty and irreverent score. He also conducts. The subject – borrowing from John Ford’s play – is the subjugation of women and the commodification of sex. Inimitable is a debased word, but Meow Meow personifies it, and Kanen Breen is superb. Vaudeville lives at the MRC.

Tis Pity Press Photography Pia Johnson 5 550Kanen Breen and Meow Meow in Victorian Opera's 'Tis Pity (photograph by Pia Johnson)


‘Tis Pity (Victorian Opera) was performed at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Composed by Richard Mills, starring Meow Meow and Kanen Breen. Performance attended: Saturday 4 February, 2017.

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Peter Rose

Peter Rose

Peter Rose is the Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. His books include a family memoir, Rose Boys (2001), which won the National Biography Award in 2003. He has published two novels and six poetry collections, most recently The Subject of Feeling (UWA Publishing, 2015).

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    Ten meagre lines is hardly a 'review' - and of a production from a Company that thrives off millions of dollars from the public purse!

    Tuesday, 14 February 2017 19:50 posted by Chris Ryan

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