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Actéon: Opera by Charpentier – featuring SWA athletes
September 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
From the archives of the lost Baroque operas, Lost and Found bring you our next exciting production: Antoine Chapentier’s 1684 opera, Actéon.
Based on a story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, this new production will be staged in a swimming pool, featuring both international and local singing talent with performances from one of WA’s elite synchronised swimming squads.
UK-based Australian Countertenor Russell Harcourt takes on the title role of the noble Actéon, who while hunting with his hounds, comes across the goddess Diana (local mezzo soprano Ashlyn Skye Tymms) bathing with her attendants. She catches him spying on them and uses her godly powers to enact her vengeance on him.
New meets old in this timely exploration of both men and women’s roles in modern society, this gripping piece explores the changing nature of consent and revenge, the coming of age and the limits of power.
Warning contains partial nudity. Recommended for ages 16 and above.
Conducted by Chris van Tuinen
Directed by Brendan Hanson
Set and Costume Design by Tyler Hill
Movement Direction by Laura Boynes
Lighting Design by Karen Cook
Synchronised Swimmers from SynchroWA
Lost and Found Opera and SynchroWA are both supported by The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.