The Trapeze Artists

by Anthony Ritchie, a chamber opera, Opus 73

This mini-opera explores the stages of a relationship, and is richly varied in tone and mood.

Programme Note

Circus Woman (contralto)
Woman (soprano)
Man (baritone)

Piano (doubling electronic keyboard)
Percussion (one player, including drum kit)
Double Bass (doubling bass guitar and tambourine)

The Trapeze Artists - Cilla McQueen
Rapunzel - Cilla McQueen
Thine Own Hands have Fashioned - Hone Tuwhare
Wild Sweets - Cilla McQueen
Bad Bananas - Cilla McQueen
Tangi - Hone Tuwhare
Prelude? - Hone Tuwhare
Where Shall I Wander- Hone Tuwhare
The Old Place - Hone Tuwhare

These settings are to be performed without a break. Organisation of texts, creation of characters, stage directions etc are by Louise Petherbridge, the director of the opera.

Poster for the 2024 Dunedin Fringe Festival performance.

Poster image