"the reaction was thunderous"
Gertrude Opera's acclaimed production of
TO HELL AND BACK
Music by Jake Heggie
Libretto by Gene Scheer
TONIGHT!! SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8 AT 8PM
AT THEATRE WORKS, ST KILDA
"A breathtaking American chamber opera that twists the heart - unforgettable, moving and thought-provoking. Dimity and Desiree are brilliant - utterly heartbreaking in these roles - as ordinary women we all recognise. This opera dares to shine a harsh spotlight onto an issue that we occasionally speak of, but rarely confront: the complicated, painful, unmapped collateral damage of domestic violence."
Linda Thompson, Artistic Director
Told in five scenes, by two extraordinary performers: Melbourne's Dimity Shepherd and Adelaide's Desiree Frahn, Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's intimate one-act opera deals with the ravages of spousal abuse - the fall-out after Anne (Dimity) rescues Stephanie (Desiree) from her violent marriage. Stephanie has written down her story as part of her rehab., and sent a copy to Anne. Anne struggles to deal with the fact that it was her own son Peter who almost beat Stephanie to death.
"You can leave your husband, but, how.., how.., do I leave my son?" Anne, To Hell and Back Heggie/Scheer
GREG CARROLL - STAGE DIRECTOR
BRIAN CASTLES-ONION* - MUSIC DIRECTOR
PETER CORRIGAN (1941-2016) - DESIGNER
DIMITY SHEPHERD AS ANNE
DESIREE FRAHN AS STEPHANIE
First produced by Gertrude Opera for the Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival 2016.
*Courtesy of Opera Australia
"a hell of a lot of good music...Heggie’s work punches in the stomach with [music] that you instantly want to hear again."
Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice
Photographs © GO - Lyz Turner-Clark