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The Priestess of Morphine
On THE PRIESTESS OF MORPHINE, composer Rosśa Crean and librettist Aiden K. Feltkamp create a beautifully haunting portrait of a Gertrud Günther, a young Jewish lesbian caught between her two selves during the Third Reich, who bravely sought her inner truth and passions while forced to live in the shadows.
Date & Time Thursday, 22nd February 2024 @ 7:30pm
Price $35 (Standard); $20 (Concession & Under 25s); $30 (Groups of 10 or more)
Warnings Sexual references
Religious references
References to World War II and the Nazis
References to assault
Drug use and addiction references
Depictions of injection and addiction with visible needles and syringes
Loud and sustained music
Accessibility Contains subtitles.

Note: The show starts 7.30PM sharp – doors are open from 6.30PM.

Music by Rosśa Crean & Libretto by Aiden K. Feltkamp 

‘The Priestess of Morphine’ will immerse audiences in scenes from the life of Baroness Gertrud Günther von Puttkamer, the dazzling socialite of the Weimar republic, and her nom-de-plume and alter-ego Marie-Madeleine, writer and poet, whose works were nearly erased from history by the Third Reich.  

This opera stars rising sopranos and WAAPA graduates Jessica Taylor (Gertrud) and Ava Charleson (Marie-Madeleine), led by emerging director Rachel Doulton and producer Hannah Lee Tungate. 

Running at just under an hour, The Priestess of Morphine balances surrealism and operatic grandeur in the tension between artist and muse. This contemporary chamber opera also features the talents of violinist Julia Watson, cellist Miranda Murray-Yong, and percussionist Thea Rossen.  

Join us in the foyer for a pre-show drink, doors open 1 hour before the start of the show. Following the show don’t rush off! The cast will join us in the foyer for a meet and greet. 

“…The Priestess of Morphine was an emotional and affective delight, and an exceptional showcase of Perth’s operatic, musical and creative talent. Whether audiences are experienced connoisseurs, or opera newcomers, this show will stay with them far longer than its final bow.”  

Review by Xpress Mag Jan 2023 

“…those who enjoy tales of queerness, nearness and the darkness of bottomless drug spirals, would more than adore The Priestess of Morphine.” 

Review by Artshub Feb 2023

Talent

Jessica Taylor
Ava Charleson

Get Your Tickets!

The Priestess of Morphine
Thursday, 22nd February 2024 @ 7:30pm
Buy Tickets (via artsculturetrust.wa.gov.au)

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Venue
Albany Entertainment Centre
Address 2 Toll Pl, Albany WA 6330
Location Accessibility
  • Four ACROD parking spaces available
  • ramps available in building
  • unisex accessible bathroom (with left-handed rail support), lifts to the seccond floor
  • large amount of natural light.
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