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Face tackles the subject of war from the unusual angle of the rebuilding of maimed soldiers’ faces by pioneering plastic surgeon, the New Zealander Harold Gillies. A soldier, his fiancee and a surgeon examine the emotional depth of the subject, represented by the tenor, soprano and bass-baritone soloists. Meanwhile, the chorus sings of the technical aspects of early plastic surgery.
Libretto by Vincent O’Sullivan
19 Apr 2018: Premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor Antony Hermus, with Allison Bell (soprano), Henry Choo (tenor), Joel Amosa (bass-baritone) and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, director Karen Grylls at Auckland Town Hall