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Sydney Festival aims To Please

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Sydney Festival

One of the craziest mixtures occurs at the Sydney Festival. One example is a fashion show with opera music? When have you ever heard of such a thing? I guess that these are the types of things this event thrives on; things you would never expect to see together.

SYDNEY: When Georg Friedrich Handel composed Semele in the 1740s, he could never have imagined it would be performed by opera singers in outrageous catwalk couture, including towering boots and sequinned kilts.
But for Sydney Festival director Lieven Bertels, the combination of beautiful baroque music and billowing Vivienne Westwood gowns in the production of "Semele Walk" was a no-brainer for the Australian cultural fair.
"When I saw "Semele Walk" when it was first performed at the Herrenhausen Festival in Germany, I thought it had Sydney written all over it," Bertels told AFP.
"It was the beautiful mix of fashion, an entertaining way of presenting opera as a fashion show. It has all the good drama that you want in a festival and it is so beautifully performed that it really appeals to a wider audience."


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