The Handmaid’s Tale Opera in the Yarra Valley
The Handmaid’s Tale opera is landing in Australia following its tour across Europe and the US. The new Australian cast will feature a range of local and international talent including Emily Burke (a Victorian soprano), Celeste Haworth and dentist-turned-opera singer Raymond Khong.
Two shows will be held at the private Olinda Yarra property in the Yarra Valley, a historical dairy cattle farm founded in 1868.
Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, the plot depicts a dystopian future following the life of Offred, a "handmaid". Handmaids are women enslaved by the ruling class and used solely to produce children. The confronting first two seasons of the TV adaption were a hit with audiences and critics, and a third season is currently in production.
Composed by Poul Ruders and Paul Richard Bentley and conducted by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Tianyi Lu, this Gertrude Opera production is running as part of the inaugural Yarra Valley Opera Festival.
The Handmaid's Tale Opera will be performed on October 13 and 20 from 7pm. More information here.