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Belinda Hanne Reid: Love, Rorem. A world-premiere celebration of love, sex and music.

BY fortyfivedownstairs | 17-Dec-2019
From the extravagances of 1950s Paris, to the devastation of New York in the 80s and 90s, composer and diarist Ned Rorem captured the essence of what it meant to be gay, an artist and in love. For the first time, his words and his music are brought together by Belinda Hanne Reid and Coady Green in this stunning production.
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Date: 5 - 6 February 2020
Time: 7pm
Ticket: $30 - $37
Buy / Ticket: https://bit.ly/2M3rweZ
EMail: communications@fortyfivedownstairs.com
Call: 0396629966
Belinda Hanne Reid - Love - Rorem
Presented as part of Midsumma Festival at the beloved Melbourne gallery and performance space fortyfivedownstairs, Belinda Hanne Reid: Love, Rorem is an intimate, compelling production, centred around the songs and diaries of American composer Ned Rorem. Love, Rorem is the first project of its kind, bringing together Rorem’s words and music in an intimate, theatrical performance, and includes several Australian premieres of his songs.

A living legend, Rorem is considered in classical music circles internationally as one of the twentieth century's greatest composers. Time Magazine labelled him "the world's best composer of art songs", and his music has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy. In addition to his music, his work as a diarist also gained him great notoriety. Rorem's frank and unashamed descriptions of his life as a gay man (at time when such issues were considered extraordinarily taboo) were considered scandalous throughout Europe and the US. Through his charming, naive and at times exhibitionist honesty, he became as The New Yorker described in 2003 "a pioneer for modern gay culture".

The show is written, produced and performed by the critically lauded, versatile Australian mezzo-soprano and actor Belinda Hanne Reid, (Boy From Oz, Brigadoon). She is joined on piano by award winning, internationally-acclaimed pianist Coady Green, currently on the performance staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.

Presented over two nights only in the unique intimacy of fortyfivedownstairs (5-6 Feb 2020), this world-premiere performance, and debut collaboration between Reid and Green, is definitely one to book early for, as tickets are sure to sell out.

Opening night: Wednesday 5 February
Duration: 60 minutes