help the RMP bring a new Australian opera to life!

TCHAIKOVSKY, Angel of Music is a large, romantic opera in three acts, and the winner of the Director’s Choice Award in the 2014 Boston International Contempo Festival composition competition by Australian composer Sean Peter Ross.

RMP Artistic Director Andrew Wailes wants to bring this exciting new Australian opera to life, and has committed the forces of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic to supporting the composer and assist in the quest to raise funds to make this project possible. Funds raised will finance eight rehearsals and two concert performances of the epic Act Three of the opera, to be conducted by the composer, and performed by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir, Orchestra, and a cast of outstanding young Australian soloists. This will hopefully provide impetus for the completed work to one day be fully staged.

Due to the prohibitive cost involved in financing fully-staged productions of operatic works, we rarely witness the presentation of new operas in this country. According to Wailes: “This opera is very appealing, and in my opinion both the story, and the music, is readily accessible to the widest possible musical audience. It is written in a lush, romantic style and there are few more gripping and emotionally charged tales than that of the life of the great Russian composer.
Despite his many successes, Tchaikovsky’s life was marked by personal crises and depression. His hidden homosexuality was another emotional burden for him to deal with, and whilst his sudden death at the age of just 53 is generally ascribed to cholera; there is an ongoing debate as to whether that was indeed the cause of his death, and whether it was accidental, or even self-inflicted.”

Your donation can help bring this great story to life!

All donations will be used to fund eight orchestral rehearsals, two concert performances in Melbourne and a professional recording of the concert length Act Three of the opera, as well as the marketing and promotion of the concerts, and the publication of promotional material and concert programmes to help promote the larger work. The end result will be two outstanding concerts, along with a professional recording of one of them, which will later be offered for broadcast.

Each donation is both vital and precious.

Whilst also pursuing funding via government, and private foundation grants, some $100,000.00 is required to fully fund this project, so your contribution, no matter how small, means a great deal to us. Money has already been raised through The Australian Cultural Fund (a professional fundraising platform for Australian artists), and a fundraising campaign is already underway to bring this new opera to life with some $30,000 having been pledged towards this exciting project. But more is needed.

Please consider contributing to this worthy cause, and help us create local opera history.

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