Opera lovers open home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

Bordeaux-born and raised Va­lerie met artis­tic co-di­rec­tor Thomas de Mal­let Burgess through his wife and her singing teacher Fiona Mcan­drew.

“I helped them with the French pro­nun­ci­a­tion when they pro­duced the sea­son of Medee,” Cahuzac said.

“This opera is set in the same style of sub­urb (as City Beach) in the United States and Thomas knew our house and that I loved opera.

“He sent me an email ask­ing what I thought about host­ing an opera in my house and I said ‘Yes, why not?’

“He told me to take my time and think about it be­cause it’s go­ing to be a lot of mess, but nev­er­the­less I wanted to try be­cause it’s al­ways nice to have mu­sic around you.”

Trou­ble in Tahiti con­tin­ues Lost and Found Opera’s pro­gram of pro­duc­tions pre­sented in unexpected spa­ces.

The au­di­ence will be on the deck while the ac­tion takes place in the open-plan liv­ing room and kitchen. The mu­si­cians, com­plete with grand pi­ano, will be in the din­ing room.

Cahuzac said the opera was about a cou­ple who have been mar­ried for 10 years but were drift­ing apart.

“They’re try­ing to re­con­nect,” she said.

“I think Thomas wanted to choose the house here be­cause the cou­ple are mov­ing from the United States to Aus­tralia. The cou­ple is in a mess and the house will be too, with card­board boxes ev­ery­where.”

Cahuzac said she was no stranger to pack­ing boxes her­self, hav­ing moved 25 times for Claude’s work dur­ing their 35 years of mar­riage.

“We have four chil­dren, so when we moved when they were younger, it was quite a lot of work. They are grown up, mar­ried and par­ents them­selves now. One lives in Stockholm, one in Singapore and two in France,” she said.

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