Opera by Menotti: The Old Maid and the Thief in the FRINGE WORLD Festival 2014


“What curse for a woman, is a timid man.”

Perth, Western Australia, 12 December 2013 – Love Opera!, a new performance ensemble formed for FRINGE WORLD Festival 2014, presents The Old Maid and the Thief, the first time full length opera is programmed in the FRINGE WORLD Festival. Composed by Italian-American Gian Carlo Menotti, this quirky comedy is performed in the English language.

The Old Maid and the Thief farcically explores the secrets hidden within a small town. Miss Todd, a local busybody, and her maid Laetitia compete for the affection of a handsome wanderer, Bob. Secrets are kept and complications begin when the women learn that a criminal matching Bob’s description has just escaped from a local prison.

“Menotti’s opera is funny yet poignant, short, sung in English, and is an unusual and rarely performed opera. It’s a perfect fit for the FRINGE WORLD Festival” said soprano, Jenna Robertson. Director Kathryn Osborne said “I come from a devised theatre background and this is my first time directing an Opera. I was really attracted to the quirkiness in the show, and can’t wait for audiences to experience it.”

Originally commissioned by American broadcaster NBC in 1939, The Old Maid and the Thief was one of the earliest operas composed for performance on radio.

Directed by Kathryn Osborne, Musical Direction by Lochlan Brown and Set and Costume Design by Philippa Nilant and Sally Phipps.   Featuring singers Nola Formentin as the Old Maid, Jenna Robertson as Laetitia, Michael Heap as Bob, and Alexandra Bak as Miss Pinkerton.


The Old Maid and the Thief, Perth Town Hall, February 20-22 | 8pm

Tickets $30 | Groups 6+ $25pp


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Jamie Breen, 0468 721 634, jamie@brainlockcreative.com

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