Victorian Opera's Melbourne, Cheremushki


Wed Mar 22 2023 at 07:30 pm to 10:30 pm


Arts Centre Melbourne | Melbourne, VI

A housing crisis, income inequality and the pitfalls of progress — who would have thought that a Russian operetta from 1958 would ring so true today?
"In Melbourne, Cheremushki, even dream homes have rent hikes." — FYODOR DREBEDNYOV, THE LANDLORD
This witty production transports visionary composer Dmitri Shostakovich’s score and Vladimir Mass and Mikhail Chervinsky’s sarcastically funny libretto of Moscow, Cheremushki from a Soviet-era Khrushchev-style apartment complex to contemporary Melbourne.
This operetta makes light work of heavy issues through its darkly comedic use of magic realism with a truth-telling park bench, a phone booth for the pure of heart and a garden where flowers bloom for good people and wither for bad.
Featuring our ‘VO Emerges’ cast, this will be your chance to see the next generation showcase their talents and innovative perspectives on the challenges we still face in Melbourne today. So step into a world where social issues are examined through a lens of comedy, satire and magic.
"In Melbourne, Cheremushki, the cost of living is so high, even the bribes have gone up." — ALEXANDER PETROVICH BUBENTSOV (SASHA), RESIDENT
Wed 22, 7.30 pm
Thu 23, 7.30 pm
Fri 24, 7.30 pm
Sat 25, 2.00 pm, 7.30 pm
2 h 10, interval
Sung in English
This production is recommended for ages 15 and up.
In-Theatre Tickets $39-$150
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Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Librettist: Vladimir Mass and Mikhail Chervinsky
Conductor: Simon Bruckard
Director: Constantine Costi
Set Designer: Dann Barber
Costume Designer: Sabina Myers
Lighting Designer: Lisa Mibus
Sound Designer: Sam Moxham
Movement Director: Shannon Burns
Alexander Petrovich Bubentsov (Sasha): Matan Franco
Masha: Syrah Torii
Semyon Semyonovich Baburov: Eamon Dooley
Lidochka: Teresa Ingrilli
Boris Borya Koretsky: Douglas Kelly
Sergey Seryozha Glushkov: Michael Dimovski
Lyusya (Lucy): Leah Phillips
Fyodor Mikhailovich Fedya Drebednyov: Alastair Cooper-Golec
Vava: Amanda Windred
Afanasi Ivanovich Barabashkin: Nicholas Beecher
Maya Charles Sedergreen, Alisya Irawan, Leyland Jones, Yu-Tien Lin, Tiernan Maclaren, Elise Morton, Sidra Nissen, Phoebe Paine, Kate Pengelly, Caitlin Rowe, Noah Straughan, Wei Tang, Samuel Thomas-Holland, Anushka Tiwari and Michael Zuccala
Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra
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Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd,Melbourne,VIC,Australia, Melbourne, Australia

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