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‘Composers in Exile’ on Tour

Peter Coleman-Wright AO and the Nexas Quartet present a regional tour of Composers in Exile. A musical documentary on the Jewish diaspora fleeing the nascent Nazi government.

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Following critically acclaimed performances of Composers in Exile at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017, world renowned baritone, Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Quartet are planning an Australian regional tour which will aim to provide world-class cultural enrichment to areas of Australia that don’t often have ready access to high quality productions steeped in both historical and musical context.

In early 2017 Nexas collaborated with Coleman-Wright to produce “Ballades of the Good Life” an ABC Classics CD which featured musicfrom Weimar Republic to World War ll.

They then turned this collaboration into a musical theatre piece, Composers in Exile, which documents the music and the journey of many of Germany’s great Jewish composers who were forced to seek freedom in the four corners of the world. The show follows the journey of these exiles from Berlin and Vienna to New York and beyond with a mixture of political songs from the Weimar period, the musical theatre of Weill, and the cabaret and song from Stolz and Schreker. These songs capture the spirit of the times: defiant, soulful and searching, but also moments of exuberant joy and hope.

“A fascinating glimpse into this period, when music was the language of defiance and protest, as well as of love and beauty in a world on the brink of catastrophe”. Music Trust

Members of the ensemble portray the exiled composers and as such bring to life the turbulent times and the tribulations each endured from the Nazi government. The presentation is further enhanced by fascinating and often haunting images from the period that are projected on the stage behind the performers. The Australian Arts Review labelled it – A presentation which informed the mind while pleasuring the soul.

For this project to succeed, financial help is vital to cover such areas as submissions to arts bodies and regional arts centres, marketing & publicity, transport & accommodation, venue hire.

Critics have been universal in their praise:

“The show actually works for two very good reason. The first is Nexas Quartet, who play their instruments extremely well and perform the entire show.. from memory. The second reason is Coleman Wright, a fine artist who immerses himself convincingly in the spirit of the songs” Stephen Whittington, The Advertiser – Adelaide

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Peter Coleman-Wright is widely considered one of the most versatile singers in the world today, equally home in opera, concert and recital.

His extensive and varied repertoire has taken him to many of the worlds greatest Opera Companies and Concert Halls.

He has sung throughout Europe at La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venice, Netherlands Opera, Munich, Vienna, Geneva, Paris, Bordeaux, Flanders and at the Aix-en Provence and Bregenz Festivals.

In the United Kingdom he has been a frequent guest of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. He has worked for the Aldeburgh Festival at the BBC Proms and with all the leading orchestras at London’s South Bank, Albert Hall, The Barbican, Bridgewater Hall and the Wigmore Halls.

In North America he has sung at the Metropolitan Opera New York, New York City Opera, Houston, Santa Fe and Vancouver.

He has sung extensively for Opera Australia and has worked with all the major symphony orchestras throughout all the principal Concert Halls.

He has sung more that 60 roles including Figaro, Forester, Michele, Scarpia, Marcello, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Count, Onegin, Dandini, Billy Budd, Macbeth ,Gunther, Golaud, Germont, Chorebe, Wolfram, Pizzaro, and Sweeny Todd. His numerous awards include Helpman Awards for Todd and The Traveller ( Death in Venice), Green room awards for Billy Budd, Orestes, and Harry Joy ( Dean). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Melbourne University in 2009.

Peter Coleman-Wright has recorded for EMI, Chandos, Telarc, Hyperion, LSO live and ABC Classics. Recordings include, Oedipus Rex, Mass of Life, Owen Wingrave, Paul Bunyan, Fidelio , Benvenuto Cellini, Rape of Lucretia among others.

Recent engagements include concerts in Madrid, Moscow, Amsterdam, , Rape of Lucretia Aldeburgh which was nominated for a Grammy award.
He recently sang Beckmesser, Donner and Gunther for Covent Garden.He also sang the title role in Caligula by Detlov Glanert for English National Opera, for Teatro Colon Buenos Aires and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Peter was awarded the Performer of the Year in the recent Arts awards in Australia for Socrates by Brett Dean and was made an officer in the order of Australia AO in 2015.


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