A Blush Opera production Supported by Southlands Breakthrough Award a Penrith Performing & Visual Arts program; Inner West Council and New Music Network Australia
Chop Chef: The Opera is a dark comedy where six contestants enter the cooking battlefield of Chop Chef. Faced with unusual and extreme cooking challenges they must compete to remain in the game and demonstrate who they are to the judges to avoid facing the chop. Behind the scenes, the producers and judges manipulate the contestants in an effort to create the most cutthroat form of entertainment. In thrilling arias and melodramatic ensembles pieces, contestants are pushed to their limits and some will stop at nothing to be the last chef standing. However, some contestants start to question their place in the competition and push back against the forces that bind them to their contracts. Perhaps the tables will turn...
Chop Chef is a chamber opera in two acts that explores the characters, tropes, and narrative devices of reality television and exports them to the operatic stage where they can be pushed to their absurd conclusions. These shows are a matter of life and death for the contestants. By exploring this topic, Blush is committed to expanding contemporary operatic repertoire with stories that have a direct resonance with broad Australian audiences.
Duration 120 min (and 20min interval)
Genre satirical opera
Instrumentation 6 voices + chamber ensemble
Meet the Creatives
2018 May // Backyard Opera (creative development) // Funded by Inner West City Council Cultural Grant
2017 August // The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (creative development) // The Southlands Breakthrough Award 2017
2017 March // City Recital Hall, Angel Place (creative development) // NMN Lab 2017
Blush Opera are the recipient of various grants that enable Chop Chef to become a reality, enables us to adequate compensation of artists to contribute to a vibrant cultural economy.
Blush Opera also acknowledges the in-kind support offered to us by companies who have made Chop Chef: The Opera a living reality.
Composer Paul Smith
Librettist Julie Koh
Conductor Luke Spicer
Graphic Designer Mariko Elliot
Kitty Jermaine Chau
Victoria Zoe Drummond
Tom Alex Sefton
Andy Spencer Darby
Chamber Orchestra Omega Ensemble