Cosmonaut (an opera in 4 orbits)

by David Chesworth - Back Catalogue

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about

A Russian cosmonaut is stranded in orbit around the earth as the communist bloc collapses. On earth, a woman yearns beneath the stars and effects a connection between herself and the astronaut. Cosmonaut is a contemporary opera about their unusual relationship.


- Music by David Chesworth
- Libretto by Tony MacGregor
- Directed by David Pledger
- Visual Artist James Verdon
- Set Designed by David Pledger & Paul Jackson
- Lighting Designed by Paul Jackson
- Costume Designed by Danielle Harrison
- Development phase collaborators Sandra Parker
- Produced by Wax Sound Media & Dance Works
- Commissioned by Opera Australia
- First Performed Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse for the Melbourne International Arts Festival 20/10/04


“This is a rare thing, an opera about ideas, I don't think I have seen a work as adventurous in its exploration of the nature of modern history since John Adams Nixon in China....Chesworth's score is rich in effects and references to other genres.” The Age

Performers
Melissa Madden Gray - soprano/alto
Grant Smith - tenor/baritone
Jeannie van de Velde - soprano
Dan Witton - tenor
Graham Lee - pedal steel guitar
Peter Neville - percussion
Adam Simmons - winds
Carlee Mellow - dancer
Katy MacDonald - dancer
Additional voices include Eddie Perfect, Monica Attard, Yuri Gagarin

credits

released October 20, 2004

Recorded by James Atkins
View video documentation www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOKc4hjeNNY

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