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WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA PRESENTS
7:30pm October 29, 31
and November 3, 5, 7
Tickets from $45 + bf
His Majesty’s Theatre
An Opera Conference Production. Based on the co-production by Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden, Opera de Monte-Carlo, Opera de Lille, Fondazione Teatro Lirico
Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste.
Patrick O’Halloran as Faust
Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Méphistophélès
Natalie Aroyan as Marguerite
Western Australian Opera Chorus
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Youth, beauty, the wild pursuit
of hedonistic pleasure and a high price
to pay to the devil.
What about your brother [Douglas May AKA KT Rumble, a frequent collaborator]?
The door’s always open for Dougie. We played our last show together recently because he’s
off to have a baby. I’m so excited I’m going to have another nephew; I’ve got a niece and
a nephew currently. It’s pretty weird to think you can love someone more than yourself,
and I can only imagine how much that would be multiplied if they were your own children, but
I certainly do really love them. He’s gone on extended paternity leave and will probably be
a stay-at-home dad for a while, but he has 100 per cent lifetime guarantee as a collaborator.
You don’t just have that connection with anyone.
Is there ever any conflict or sibling rivalry?
A win for him is a win for me, and I know he feels the same way. Sometimes we fight, but it’s
only about important stuff and we get over it very quickly. Mostly, we get on like a house on
fire. He’s my best friend.
Just to satisfy my own curiosity... The video for your song Perth Girls plays homage to
Robert Palmer’s video for Simply Irresistible – what was the story behind that?
When we put that song out, I’d just been nominated for an ARIA, so I thought let’s celebrate
with a tribute to Perth. Then it became like a cross between David Lynch with elements of this
Robert Palmer thing... (Laughs). I’ve been around the world and there aren’t many places with
more beautiful woman than Perth. So that’s the ‘irresistible’ part.
So what are Perth girls like?
I like the directness of Western Australians in particular, not just women. There’s a down-to-
earth quality. Perth is unlike anywhere I’ve been. You’ve got a really interesting and sexy mix,
it’s full of beautiful people.
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