'Tis Pity (Victorian Opera) ★★★★

Reviewed by
ABR Arts 13 February 2017

'Tis Pity (Victorian Opera) ★★★★

Reviewed by
ABR Arts 13 February 2017

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.

ABR Arts is generously supported by The Ian Potter Foundation.

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comment (1)

  • Ten meagre lines is hardly a 'review' - and of a production from a Company that thrives off millions of dollars from the public purse!
    Posted by Chris Ryan
    14 February 2017

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