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The Sea – presented by Forest Collective & BK Opera

December 7, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - December 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm AEDT

Uncover the depths of human connection and power in the new opera The Sea

In The Sea, evocative melodies transport you to the heart of life’s mysteries; where love, lust, and power collide.
Be swept away by the thought-provoking and immersive opera, The Sea – a groundbreaking, debut collaboration between Forest Collective and BK Opera. At the stunning Abbotsford Convent, we invite you to embark on a journey like no other, as we explore the intricate tapestry of human connection, power, and the corrupting influence of relationships.
Composer Evan J Lawson’s music is a mirror reflecting humanity. From the depths of the human soul, Lawson brings together the worlds of rich and melodic classical music with dynamic and fresh new sounds. Lawson’s music illuminates the complex interplay of emotions and power dynamics in relationships. Paired with the haunting words of poet Nicole Butcher, and directed by the visionary Kate Millett (BK Opera, Artistic Director), this work brings to the stage the depths of human connection, showcasing the raw and often turbulent nature of relationships.
The words and music will expose the corrosive nature of power and the profound impact it can have on the human experience.
This December, Abbotsford Convent will come alive with a captivating season of The Sea. Join us for a visceral exploration of love, lust, and the corrupting influence of power in relationships. Let the waves of imagination wash over you as we unveil this extraordinary collaboration between Forest Collective and BK Opera, a union that promises to challenge and inspire.
Starring Daniel Szesiong Todd, Aleise Bright, Henry Shaw, Archie Rumsam, Amanda Windred and SODA, with musicians from Forest Collective.
Music by Evan J Lawson
Libretto by Nicole Butcher
Directed by Kate Millett
Costumes by Jane Noonan
Lighting by Gabe Bethune

📍 Venue: Abbotsford Convent
📅 Dates:
Preview performance – Thursday, 7 December 7.30pm
Friday, 8 December 7.30pm
Saturday 9 December 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 10 December 6pm
Further details – www.forestcollective.com.au/projects/thesea
🎫 Tickets from $32
Visit www.eventfinda.com.au/2023/the-sea/melbourne/abbotsford 🎫
Preview performance – $25
Standard – $42/38/32 (18 November – December 8, 18 October – 18 November, 18 September – 18 October)
Group of 4 – $140 ($35 per person)
Senior – $40/35/30
Concession – 35/30/25
Student – 25/20/15
Presented by Forest Collective, BK Opera and Abbotsford Convent.

Evan J Lawson Composer, conductor, keyboard
Nicole Butcher Poet, librettist (guest artist)
Kate Millett Director
Jane Noonan Costume Design
Aleise Bright Soprano
Amanda Windred Soprano (guest artist)
S0daWater Countertenor
Daniel Szesiong Todd Tenor
Archie Rumsam Baritone (guest artist)
Henry Shaw Bass-Baritone (guest artist)
Kim Tan Flute
Ryan Lynch Clarinet/Saxophone/Flute
Jasmin Buell Recorder (guest artist)
Phoebe Smithies Horn
Trea Hindley Trombone
Phillipa Safey Keyboard (guest artist)
Alex MacDonald Viola
Ian Crossfield Double Bass

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        


December 7, 2023 @ 7:30 pm AEDT
December 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm AEDT
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Abbotsford Convent
Abbotsford Convent


Forest Collective