Bleach* Festival has announced its 2019 program, Louise Bezzina’s final festival as Artistic Director before she takes the reins at the Brisbane Festival, with a monumental performance of Verdi’s Requiem at its heart. The performance, a collaboration between Bleach*, Opera Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium, announced with Opera Queensland’s 2019 season, will see Natalie Murray Beale conduct Verdi’s “opera in ecclesiastical vestments” at the Home of the Arts, with a cast including soprano Natalie Aroyan, mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic, tenor Rosario La Spina and bass-baritone Andrew Collis, in an under-the-stars production with lighting and video design by Mark Howett.
“Verdi’s Requiemprovides the perfect score for a powerful moment in time, taking the Requiem as a symbol of new beginnings for both the City and the Festival,” Bezzina said, describing the performance as “an invitation to gather and look within ourselves.”
The Farm’s Throttle. Photo supplied
Other highlights of the festival include Throttle, a drive-in “B-grade thriller” by the award-winning Gold Coast dance company The Farm (whose work Tideat last year’s Bleach* Festival saw two performers working in an office built on a sandbar) and Dance North’s Tectonic, a dynamic piece addressing climate change...