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Lette’s Go to the Opera


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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 first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues, which was made into a major film and a TV mini-series. She has written 20 books which have been translated into 19 languages. Kathy has two children and divides her time between Sydney and London. Kathy is a... 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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