Peter Sellars brings Los Angeles Master Chorale to Melbourne Festival in a contemporary biblical tale
A 75-minute a capella work from 1594 exploring the grief of St Peter after denying Jesus Christ mightn't sound like the most compelling way to spend a night at the theatre. But this Melbourne Festival show brings together one of the world's most influential directors, Peter Sellars, and 21 singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
The piece was written by Orlando di Lasso in the days before his death and takes the audience through the various stages of St Peter's grief. But Sellars uses the singers in a startlingly contemporary way, exploring how we are forced to take responsibility for our past.
Melbourne Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway said: "Peter Sellars is a master interpreter of classical works. The Master Chorale is in absolute top form, presenting choral work to the highest standard. They have had a series of incredible successes, but this is their masterwork. This is one of the greatest choral works ever written, performed by the greatest ensemble of our time and it makes its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Festival."
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