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Songs of Love & War

Presented by Opera Queensland and The University of Queensland School of Music
in association with Urban Art Projects

In 1638, renowned Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi, published his book of songs titled, Madrigals of Love and War (Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi). Intent on changing the way stories were told through song, he set out to write music that expressed the third “missing passion”. Up until this point, he believed, the first two passions – the soft and the moderate – had been well captured by composers. His desire was to express the third – agitation.

With this as his goal, in Songs of Love and War, Monteverdi conjures the passion that deep love has to offer, with a collection of songs as ferocious as they are sublime. The “war” of the title is often referring to the fighting emotions of the heart as well as the violence of battlefield. In many ways they are like the first pop songs, exploring all the intensity of feeling that comes with falling in and out of love.

To highlight how these songs speak to us today, this innovative production by Opera Queensland and The University of Queensland, places Monteverdi’s madrigals beside contemporary songs of love and war by composers as diverse as ABBA, Beyoncé and David Bowie, reimagined for a full orchestra and ensemble of eighteen voices.

Performed in the raw industrial setting of the Urban Art Projects foundry (UAP) in Northgate, the production invites audiences to move through the space as six soloists, twelve chorus and the UQ orchestra bring to life the passions and desires of lovers and fighters of the past four hundred years. Along the way they encounter intimate chamber performances, live art projected on the factory’s walls and ceilings, the extraordinary costumes of Karen Cochet and Bianca Bulley, and sublime music from the Renaissance to now.

Musical Director DANE LAM
Director PATRICK NOLAN
Costume KAREN COCHET and BIANCA BULLEY
Lighting BERNIE TAN-HAYES
Music by MONTEVERDI, ROBERT DAVIDSON, MARIKE VAN DIJK, ALEXANDRA DUNK, ALEXANDRA MISON, MATTHEW MINTER, JOHN ROTAR, and ALEXANDER VOLTZ
With Singers AMBER EVANS, JESSICA LOW, SOFIA TRONCOSO, SHAUN BROWN, NICK KIRKUP and TIMOTHY NEWTON
And 
THE UQ PULSE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and THE UQ SINGERS


EVENT DETAILS

Songs of Love and War
6.30pm & 8.30pm Sunday 26 September
Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance start time.
Duration approx. 70 minutes with no interval

General admission. Please note this is a promenade performance and audiences will move through the space during the performance. A limited number of low stools will be available for those who prefer to be seated.

VENUE
UAP (Urban Art Projects) Brisbane
Corner Holland Street and Toombul Road
Northgate QLD 4013

GETTING THERE
Free on-street parking available on Holland Street and at Northgate train station.
UAP Brisbane is located 200 metres from Northgate train station. Please plan your travel on translink.com.au.
Drop-off for taxis and ride shares outside Northgate train station (Holland Street corner Ridge Street).

PRICING GUIDE
Adult          $49 + booking fee
Students^  $29 + booking fee
^Applies to full-time students. Student ID required to access the venue.
Booking fee: $2.50 per ticket.