The Buzz of the Sea


Music by Matthew Dewey
Libretto by Alexander Dick

DURATION: 22’00”

STATUS: Complete

SYNOPSIS
A young man is about to launch his dingy into the water. He loads the boat with fishing equipment and an esky and heads out to sea to escape the world for a while. While he fishes, he philosophies, and the unblinking eyes of the fish force him into a terrible admission.

“A highlight for me was the aria from Matthew Dewey’s chamber opera The Buzz of the Sea, dramatically sung by Michael Lampard.”
Peter Donnelly “New works, Tasmanian delights”, The Mercury September 27th 2008.
Madness aria from the chamber opera The Buzz of the Sea performed by Michael Lampard and Karen Smithies.

CHARACTERS (Original Performer)
Young Man - Baritone (Michael Lampard)

REQUIRED PERSONNEL
1 operatic singer/actor
1 Instrumentalist – Piano Version
9 Instrumentalists – Chamber Version (Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Percussion, String Quintet)
Stage crew as required

DETAILS
An aria (“The Madness”) from “The Buzz of the Sea” was premièred in concert by baritone Michael Lampard and pianist Karen Smithies at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music in Hobart on Thursday, November 8 at 7:30pm.
The complete work was premièred in concert by baritone Michael Lampard and pianist Karen Smithies at Meadowbank Estate in Hobart in December 2008.