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Lette’s Go to the Opera


Ever since Puberty Blues, Kathy Lette has a long and celebrated career as a best-selling and much-loved novelist, with an unparalleled eye for a joke, an ear for a double entendre and a way with a pun. But how does her fare fare when she’s singing from a different song sheet?

To coincide with Victorian Opera’s adaptation of Kathy Lette’s comic romp How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints), the Wheeler Centre takes a look at what goes into translating a work from page to stage. Richard Gill, Victorian Opera’s music director, faces off against Kathy Lette in true operatic style, to go behind the curtain and explore a work with musical references and inspiration ranging from cabaret to Mendelssohn.


Richard Gill

Richard Gill is an internationally respected music educator and conductor. He has been artistic director of OzOpera, artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the adviser for the Musica Viva in Schools program. He is currently music director of Victorian Opera. Ric... Read more

Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette divides her time between being a full-time writer, demented mother and trying to find a shopping trolley that doesn’t have a clubbed wheel. Kathy is famous for her comic novels that speak directly to women, but her latest, The Boy Who Fell to Earth, brings far more than just her tradem... Read more

Michael Shmith

Michael Shmith has worked in daily journalism for most of his professional life. He is a senior writer for The Age, Melbourne, and also the paper’s opera critic. He is a former arts editor and travel editor of The Age. Although he specialises in arts journalism, he writes on many other subjects ... Read more


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