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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.
commissioned jointly by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
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