Opera gets soapy for TV

Filming commences this month on The Divorce—an opera written specifically for the screen, rethinking the operatic art form for a contemporary film and television audience.

Opera gets soapy for TV

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The Divorce, a four-part series, features stars from stage and screen: Lisa McCune, Marina Prior, Hugh Sheridan, Kate Miller-Heidke, John O’May, Matthew McFarlane, Melissa Madden-Gray and Peter Cousens.

The Divorce is a multi-platform project that re-invents opera for television, film and online audiences all across the country. This new approach to a traditional art form is a collaboration between ABC TV Arts, Opera Australia and Princess Pictures and brings together creative talent from multiple genres.

The music by internationally acclaimed composer Elena Kats-Chernin and the libretto by award-winning playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, were originally commissioned by The Opera Conference. The Opera Conference partners are Opera Australia, the State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland and the West Australian Opera.

Now this ground-breaking production will be brought to the screen by a team led by comedy director Dean Murphy (Cliffy, Strange Bedfellows) and cinematographer Roger Lanser (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries).

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said, 'On behalf of Opera Australia and our Opera Conference partners, we are thrilled after several years of development to seeThe Divorce push the boundaries of the opera art form via the screen.

'We have assembled a magnificent cast supported by the musical and vocal expertise of the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra and Opera Australia Chorus.'

Filming of the four-part series and feature length version starts Wednesday 8 July. The series will air later this year on ABC TV.

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