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A new opera honours the life and work of Brett Whiteley, a man who could not extricate his talent from his demons.

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Company: Opera Australia
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Whiteley

Date: 5 Jun 2019

Opera Australia’s newly commissioned work about the turbulent life of iconic Australian artist Brett Whiteley and his wife Wendy brings together director David Freeman, composer Elena Kats-Chernin and playwright Justin Fleming.

Together they create an opera to honour the life and work of a man who could not extricate his talent from his demons.

Leigh Melrose sings the title role, opposite Julie Lea Goodwin as Wendy.

Production designer Dan Potra’s technology-driven set is an immersive world created from Whiteley’s most famous paintings brought to life on mobile, 7m-high LED screens.

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