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05 Sep 2010

Bliss, Edinburgh

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/99dd9340-b771-11df-8ef6-00144feabdc0.html

By Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 5 September 2010]

Life is cruel. Capitalism is corrupt. Ambition is cancerous. But by turning your back on so-called civilisation and cultivating your back yard, you may find salvation. That seems to be the moral of Brett Dean’s new opera, a black comedy about modern life. Based on Peter Carey’s 1981 novel, Bliss tells of an advertising executive, Harry Joy, who has a heart attack that triggers (or symbolises?) a midlife crisis. He sees the hollowness of his success, is dismissed as mad by his peers and survives by dropping out.

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