Opera lovers open home
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.