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Aventa presents: Undivine Comedy
January 14, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Aventa Ensemble presents the world premiere of Michael Finnissy’s chamber opera, Undivine Comedy. Finnissy describes his 2017 opera as “a glimpse into the world at any time”. Two people, doubling as a news team, cope with the ramifications of their personal choices and with what life throws at them – be it politics, insanity, revolution or just trying to keep ones head out of the sand…
Directed by Bill Linwood, Aventa is pleased to welcome two outstanding vocalists, Canada’s Helen Pridmore and Britain’s Richard Morris. No stranger to the music of Michael Finnissy, Helen has appeared with Aventa in the composer’s classic works Mr. Punch and Whitman. Baritone Richard Morris last appeared with Aventa in the Australian premiere of Gavin Bryars’ opera Marilyn Forever. Joining the cast is Victoria’s Keenan Mittag-Degala in the speaking role of Virgil.
Pre-concert talk 7:15pm
Aventa gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council in the commissioning and production of Michael Finnissy’s Undivine Comedy.