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“Waiting for the Barbarians” Opera by Cavafy Premieres at Tasmania’s MONA FOMA

The new opera “The Barbarians”, produced by Hobart-based opera company IHOS and composed by artistic director Constantine Koukias, opened last week in Hobart as part of the Festival of Music and Art (FOMA). Based on the poem Waiting for the Barbarians, written by Greek Alexandrian poet Constantine Cavafy in 1904, the Opera is performed in Modern Greek with bilingual narration.

Throughout the production, stanzas of the poem were narrated in Greek and English followed by an explosion of artistic storytelling that includes singing, dancing, donkeys, fish, projections – everything the audience’s imagination can dream up.

MONA FOMA presents
The Barbarians
Based on a poem by Constantine Cavafy
Director: Constantine Koukias
Production Designers: Peta Heffernan & Elvio Brianese
Lighting & Special Effects: Jason James
Digital Video Production design: Carl Higgs
Sound Design: Greg Gurr

Music Director: Don Bate
Perucssion: Gary Wain, Tracey Patten
Bassoon / Contra bassoon: Simone Walters
Keyboards: Clarissa Zhang
Trumpet: Dee Boyd
Violin: Yue-Hong Cha
Drumming & Improvising: Jane Baker

Cast: Nicholas Dinopoulos, Grace Ovens, Ayrton Rose, Athanasia Houndalas, Christos Linou
Chorus: Daniel Cugliari, Callum Doyle–Scott, Oliver Gathercole, John Gunter, Tim Hurd, Jon Lenthell, Ben Peelman, Joshua Santospirito, Kyle Smith, and Zach Wells.

City Hall, Macquarie St, Hobart
January 18th–22nd 2012
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