An international cast of artists from Australia, Turkey and Greece, present a contemporary Australian opera on love, war and hope, set during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915. A work of culturally diverse synthesis that blends musical styles, rhythms and cultural nuances, it uses a contemporary cinematic approach to unfold the narrative in 21 scenes, deviating significantly from the traditional opera form. It delves into the contrasting mindsets of three women protagonists – an Australian nurse, keen to serve king and country, a Turkish mother in search of her wounded son serving in the Ottoman forces and a Greek war widow struggling to provide for her daughter on the Greek island of Lemnos, the ANZAC base.
The actions of all three women are driven by love. Love underpins every choice they make, everything they do. Women in War touches on some powerful themes – prejudice, revenge, loss, grief, love, sacrifice, forgiveness and reconciliation. The story reflects the suffering of the forgotten victims of war, of those who are left behind: women. In order to survive, they must challenge their traditional roles, run the businesses, work the land, raise and protect their children alone, while enduring their pain and loss with fortitude.
Overcoming their enmity and distrust, these women must come to terms with love for the 'other'. But, while love conquers all, sometimes fate has other plans in store...
While Women in War is a tragedy - the men die and the
women are left behind - it is ultimately a story of hope and reconciliation. If these women can put aside their differences, then why can't we?
'Perhaps it's time that women took control
Let's see how these three women of Troy
Behave when love and loss and death alloy' (libretto excerpt)
The cast and crew of the contemporary opera 'Women in War' got a standing ovation at the Ancient Theatre Ifaisteia on Lemnos.
They are performing this amazing show at the Ancient Theatre Filippi in Kavala and it's not long to go before the show hits our shores, performing a LIMITED SEASON at the Arts Centre Melbourne from 30th of July til 1st of August