He abhorred straight lines, adored drugs, alcohol, women. He worked in vivid colour
and ravishing curves. Heroin was both muse and merciless master. Out of this tumultuous
life spilled a messy array of brilliant artworks and astonishing self-reflection.
In 2019, this Australian icon meets two of Australia’s greatest artists in
a brand new work for the Australian stage:Whiteley, by Elena Kats-Chernin
and Justin Fleming.
Kats-Chernin is peerless among contemporary composers, celebrated for her enormous
output and music that bursts with colour, life and tenderness. Fleming is a respected
playwright and librettist whose work is renowned for its warmth, wit and poignancy.
Together they’ve created an opera to honour the life and work of a man who
could not extricate his talent from his demons.
Production designer Dan Potra’s technology-driven set is an immersive world
created from Whiteley’s most famous paintings. Experience the works of a modern
master on moving, larger-than-life screens.