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At the 2005 Castlemaine State Festival, Melbourne Opera also presented the world premiere of Melbourne composer Dennis Vaughan’s The Telltale Heart, from the story by Edgar Allan Poe, a one-man opera starring James Egglestone, directed by Hugh Halliday, and with a handpicked orchestra conducted by the composer.
This devastatingly theatrical piece innovatively staged in a mine building was the smash hit of the Festival.
A Gothic horror for tenor voice and orchestra
’TRUE! nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous. I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?’
Composer: Dennis Vaughan
Libretto: Edgar Allen Poe (based on his short story of the same title)
Director: Hugh Halliday
Starring: James Eggleston (Belcanto Scholarship Winner) as The Narrator
Wattle Gully Gold Mine Shed, Chewton