Of interest to visitors to Tasmania, to writers seeking inspiration:
The Tasmanian Composer Collective is a new blog about this innovative group of musicians. It lets you know about forthcoming musical events and among them, I found this notice about an IHOS opera work composed by Matt Dewey coming up in mid-September: details below.
The Death of Thomas Chatterton
Dead at 17, Thomas Chatterton forged medieval poetry for a meager living. Yet he was eventually hailed as “the marvelous boy”, and enjoyed a posthumous career as a hero of the Romantic Movement, an unparalleled, archetypal and precocious genius. All it required was his death: a romantic suicide in a garret from an overdose of arsenic.
Except … maybe the forged poems were real. Possibly the poisoning was accidental overdose. And who actually wrote his poetical suicide note, the “Final Verses”?
CHRISTOPHER RICHARDSON, baritone
MATTHEW DEWEY, music
MATTHEW DEWEY & ROBERT JARMAN, libretto
Director: Robert Jarman
Duration: 45 mins
Venue: Hobart College Studio Theatre
Wednesday 14 September 8:00 pm
Thursday 15 September 8:00 pm
Friday 16 September 8:00 pm
Saturday 17 September 8:00 pm
Bookings: Ph: +61 3 6231 2219