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Quartet is based around the trials and tribulations of a touring string quartet, the Ithaca String Quartet, with the action being set on the West Coast of NZ before moving to the capital, Wellington, for the tour finale. The seven scenes are continuous, and explore the relationships of Penelope and Buddy (New Zealanders), Nadezhda (a moody Russian violinist) and Julian (a new-age American cellist).
Commissioned by The International Festival of the Arts for performance in its 2004 festival
Seven continuous scenes:
Libretto by Stuart Hoar
16 Mar 2004: Performed by Kate Lineham (soprano), Linden Loader (mezzo soprano), Jason Barry Smith (tenor), Brendon Mercer (bass) and the Nevine String Quartet at the NZ International Festival of the Arts; Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington