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Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff

LORELEI

Season Postponed

There is a saying in our business that “the show must go on” and there have been many times over the years that we have seen the passion and hard work of artists and crews put a show on stage that only hours earlier seemed impossible. We are therefore greatly disappointed to share the news that due to the challenges and concerns created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming season of Lorelei.

Our greatest priority will always be the health and wellbeing of our audiences, artists, staff and their families and taking advice from the government’s directive to limit all non-essential mass gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the entire Brisbane season from 27 March to 4 April at Conservatorium Theatre, South Bank will no longer take place.

You’re on a boat sailing down Germany’s Rhine River towards a particularly tricky bend. There’s no turning back as jagged rocks and merciless cliffs come into view… and yet, above the sound of torrid water and scrambling men, a song so pure calls through the fog.

Legend has it that three sirens – the Lorelei – sit atop the cliffs enchanting sailors with their deadly songs. The Lorelei take no prisoners as the sailors lose focus… and ultimately their lives on the rocks below.

But you’ve caught the Lorelei on an odd day. Because today they’re wondering if they’re sick of singing sailors to their deaths. Do they all really deserve to die? Can the Lorelei help being so irresistible?

Ali McGregor, Dimity Shepherd and Antoinette Halloran await you for a seductive encounter where myth meets modern woman.

★★★★½ – A highly entertaining evening” THE AGE

CREATIVE TEAM

Music Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff
Lyrics Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff
Orchestration Julian Langdon
Concept by Ali McGregor
Musical Director Phoebe Briggs
Director Sarah Giles
Set and Costume Design Marg Horwell
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Presented by Opera Queensland and Griffith University by arrangement with Victorian Opera.

Sung in English. Approximately 1hour 15min with no interval. Please note this production contains coarse language and adult themes.

THE MUSIC

“The creation of a show around the combination of our three incredible singing actresses meant that there were endless possibilities in terms of dramatic and musical styles for the composers and librettists to explore. From the shimmering opening sequence of layered rhythms and lush harmonies through to tango, pop and Latin numbers, Julian Langdon’s incredibly inventive orchestration and evocative use of the three voices conjure up a vivid soundscape.”

Phoebe Briggs Musical Director

Click below to enjoy a sneak peek of audio recordings from the dress rehearsal. The production will be performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

THE FASHION

A dress made from 140 metres of tulle that is too big to fit backstage? With the costume designs for Lorelei, Marg Horwell has taken female fashions to the extreme.

Most women will be familiar with the struggles of impractical fashion. Whether it is high heels that make walking difficult or dresses that require assistance when using the toilet, women put themselves through torture to get that alluring feminine look.

‘Women choose to restrict themselves quite literally and physically with fashion,’ says Marg. ‘We’ve amped that up to excessive proportions and deliberately made dresses that look spectacular when you are standing still, but when you try to walk or negotiate normal things, it’s actually difficult to do.’  Continue reading.

Lorelei costume design by Marg Horwell © Marg Horwell. Production images: Pia Johnson. Article courtesy Victorian Opera.

Succumbing to the Siren’s call

Ali McGregor on the conception of Lorelei

When studying music in the United Kingdom, a big part of our training was in German Lieder (song) and the story of the Lorelei came up every so often—especially settings of the poem by Heinrich Heine. Continue reading.

CAST

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DIMITY SHEPHERD
Lorelei A

Ali McGregor 218px x 318

ALI MCGREGOR
Lorelei B

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ANTOINETTE HALLORAN
Lorelei C

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (12)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (12)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (17)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (17)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (9)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (9)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (6)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (6)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (15)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (15)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (14)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (14)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (13)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (13)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (3)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (3)

Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (2)
Victorian Opera 2018 Lorelei (LR) © Pia Johnson (2)

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