Shaped by Trees

A new Film Opera in Pre-Production
by Biasino William Pezzimenti & Constantine Koukias

Photo by Leo Drummond

A nineskippinggods production in association with Foundation IHOS Amsterdam, Roar Film, LIMINAL Studio, Opera & Performing Arts Laboratory, IHOS Australia & Gap In The Fence

Direction
Constantine Koukias & Biasino William Pezzimenti

Supervising Director
Steve Thomas

Supervising Executive Producer
Kath Symmons

Producers
Michel van den Hoed & Frances Butler

Conductor – Warwick Stengårds, Librettist – Biasino William Pezzimenti, Composer – Constantine Koukias,
Director of Photography – Sandi Sissel, Production Designers – Peta Heffernan & Elvio Brianese, Assistant Director – Ivan Paitre, Casting – Isobel Ferrier, Sound Producers – Greg Gurr & Donald Bate, Projection Design – Mik Lavage, Lighting – Jason James, Costume & Wardrobe – Elizabeth Monaghan, Hair & Make Up Design – Vanda Leigh, Electronic Tape Engineers – Donald Bate, Stylist – Olga Johnston-Antonova, Photography – Marco van Middelkoop

Behind the scenes video by Marco van Middelkoop

REMEMBERING EVA our protagonist tells us her story in a nursing home, where she is suffering the ravages of Alzheimer’s and a tired heart.  Her disease teases her mind with things that both real and imagined. We observe her in three stages of her life.

We see her back in time as EVA, struggling but surviving. She supports herself as an exotic dancer. She is independent and resourceful on the outside but inside she is a woman who is burning for love. Who needs to get away from her troubled family past and her dangerous serpentine life. She is courageous and bold. Eva breaks ties, remove boundaries and then finds one inconceivable person who transcends the farthest point of her dreams to an uneasy freedom that will later terrorize her soul along with a hostile disease. Eva is both profane and holy. A woman born from Gods mercy and retribution. An exotic dancer who at one point say’s “he was only a burn………an unfinished tattoo on my heart’. She was talking about her young seminarian lover, Tarka, who entered her shadowed life in a surprisingly unintentional encounter that ultimately reconstructs both of them, forever.

We also meet Young EVA, the central stage of her life. It is where all of it begins. She is hurt and isolated by her toxic parents and their childish arguing. She finds a way of neutralizing her parents loud obscene bickering within her cloistered bedroom; reading and rereading a poem called ‘Shaped by Trees’ – it provides her comfort and a gentle environment that is hard to find in her young impressionable life. Young Eva is the constant dreamer, in her mind she travels with nature, love and harmony. Her heart is pure and kind.

TARKA an Australian aboriginal in birth is an idealistic and very disciplined seminarian student who believes in the Church and its power as non-negotiable. Order and ceremony is his world and truth is only found in the words of Christ. He is obstinate, arrogant and overbearing with is God and religion. One extraordinary evening he meets a young exotic dancer, an uncommon woman who in a moment serves all the sensual appetites to a man who has only known measured aloofness and preparation for priesthood. His life is changed! Tarka will remain in conflict with his immovable, dominating church and his love for the sensuous EVA.

His spiritual aspirations begin to flicker brightly like the light in Eva’s mind, as their love for each other ignites. Our two lovers are at a dangerous crossroad in their young lives. They carelessly break traditions like an untested love sometimes will, They are exposed and raw and are left with only mercy, beautiful lust and sanctuary within natures indomitable spirit.

A LOVE STORY
The idea of a unworkable or inconceivable partnering of two very different people both culturally and rituals is intriguing and seductive. That passion is predatory, excessive and sometimes mutinous. This puerile yet arcane liaison is narcissistic, but as the Opera unfolds the characters learn how to break through their personal desires by putting their passion aside to become delicate and warmly forgiving. It is a story of reckless love that has no boundaries. The two characters are charismatic and ruthlessly defiant, even in the face of a superior force that will ultimately crush their shamelessness. They are seduced by their youth, their desires, their confidence, their lust and hunger for all that is perfectly human. It is a love story from youth to old age.

ALZHEIMER
It is also a story of old age where there are decided limitations, as we become disembodied and sadly unrecognizable. It’s a journey to a disease that has many partners and families. We go backward and forward in time told by the elderly Remembering Eva whose memory is unreliable and a servant to Alzheimer’s Throughout, there is always hope, there is forgiveness, but mostly it is the human condition that takes us up to heaven and back to the earth again and again and again.

EVA Exotic Dancer (Soprano)
Remember EVA Eva, later in life (Soprano)
Young EVA Speaking Voice
TARKA Aboriginal seminarian student (Baritone)
AUGUSTINE Catholic Priest (High Baritone)

Conductor – Warwick Stengårds

ENSEMBLE
Flute – (Piccolo), Oboe – (English Horn), Soprano Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Bassoon – (Contra Bassoon), Ondes Martenot, Strings, Harpsichord, Piano & Percussion (3 players) with Pre Recorded Tape.

 

EVA
Exotic Dancer (Soprano)
The title character of Shaped by Trees, Eva is independent and not gagged by tradition or falsehood. A free-spirited woman, freshly unconventional, that does everything with endless passion.

She is intoxicating and unfaltering in her courage. There is also sadness in her freedom. A radiant woman who has always wanted real love in her life yet finds herself in a most unremarkable soulless place of lechery and lonely greedy men.
Uncannily her work as an exotic dancer in shadows returns her to another dim place years later, by an impassable disease that distorts and obstructs her entire existence. Eva is spiritual, beautiful, intelligent, complexed and rebellious.

Remember EVA
Eva, later in life (Soprano)
EVA as the old lady dancer takes us back and forth in time within her troubled mind. We learn of her great love for an idealistic aboriginal seminarian student.

She is a weary old woman that is damaged by grief, love and deception. Still wise and perceptive, she takes us to her dark place as she battles Alzheimer’s.
Deceitful and faithful, her memories fight it out and we observe a tired woman haunted by a pass that is both unreliably bleak and divinely real.
Throughout her sickness, demons stalk and defile the love she once enshrined.
The mysterious world of Alzheimer’s is impenetrable and frightening.

Young EVA
Speaking Voice
A very young Eva gives us a glimpse of her abused family life. Her only protection is a poem ‘Shaped by Trees’, she loves to read it for its mystical soothing warmth and love.
It is this poem that has cloaked her and comforted her throughout her young life.

She spends most of her time when home in her sparse room reading poetry.
Outside her bedroom walls she can hear her parents noise – loudly arguing in their marriage of cruelty and selfishness. Young Eva finds peace in words and dreams.

She is idealistic, mature for her age (16 years old) and lives in an imaginary world of relief against the hostility of her parents constant wrangling. She loves nature, dancing and enchantment.

TARKA
Aboriginal seminarian student (Baritone)
Tarka an Australian aboriginal adopted at birth was raised in a very strict and orthodox Catholic family. We meet him as a young seminarian student who is proudly disciplined and blindly believes in the absolute power of the Church. Tarka is structured and fiercely loyal to the authority of God and the Church.

The Church safely provides him an environment of power and influence of which he is well trained for. Yet, there is an unlikely side to Tarka – it reveals itself slowly. He has a charming sense of humour and a very tender compassionate heart. He too like Eva is also restless. This restlessness leads him to the lusty unpredictable side of his principles and beliefs.

One extraordinary evening he enters a strip bar, out of curiosity, rather than lasciviousness. He meets an uncommon woman, an exotic dancer, who unleashes his deeply buried sensuality and awakens an earthy yet sacred spirit in him. Eva’s magic and movement is overpowering, raw and rooted somewhere deep inside him.

AUGUSTINE
Catholic Priest (High Baritone)
A kind gentle priest, calming and caring to the patients in the nursing home. We learn later in the Opera that he is the son of Eva and Tarka.

Biasino William Pezzimenti

Librettist

Biasino William Pezzimenti is a writer with over 30 years experience working in television and radio in management , as a trainer and marketing.

The author of numerous radio segments, and provocative satirical comedy skits. He co-produced wildly dark humorous commercials on various radio stations in Buffalo, New York with multi -talented casting director/ actor and production wit Paul Palo from Los Angeles. He also worked closely with the psychedelic explosive mind of Gordon Dysinger from Buffalo, New York.

Biasino wrote the lyrics and co-wrote a song with New York based singer – songwriter Nancy Lee Baxter titled Still Life that was recorded on the FAST FOLK MAGAZINE label in New York City; archived by the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

He has received numerous accolades for his writing, including the recipient of Best Radio Commercial at the New York State Broadcast Awards in 1980.

His book of poetry Shooting Ghosts was published in 2014. Currently Biasino is the librettist for the film opera, Shaped by Trees with award winning composer Konstantin Koukias from Amsterdam with a planned release in 2017.

Biasino was accidentally born in Melbourne Australia, raised in Buffalo, New York, played cowboy in Tucson, Arizona , and now living in Sydney, Australia with his wife, four children, two cats, and two dogs.  He also has a production/marketing company called nineskippinggods while working 6 months out of the year in Brazil.


Constantine Koukias

Composer

Constantine Koukias is a Greek – Tasmanian composer & opera director based in Amsterdam. His avant-garde approach to the presentation of opera has resulted in hybrid productions such as Days and Nights with Christ, To Traverse Water, MIKROVION (Small Life – 36 Images in a Phantom Flux of Life), The Divine Kiss, Tesla – Lightning in His Hand and most recently The Barbarians, inspired by Constantine Cavafy’s famous poem Waiting for the Barbarians, commissioned by the Museum of Old & New Art.

His works range from large-scale music theatre & opera to mobile installation art events. His compositions have been always remarkable for their characteristic, mesmerising and atmospheric qualities created by temporal, spatial and production designs. In his recent works, exotic flavours have been introduced through Eastern timbres and melody-design.

In 1993 he was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House Trust to compose ICON, a large-scale music theatre piece to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. Music theatre works include Kimisis – Falling Asleep, Borders, Orfeo, Rapture – Sonic Taxi Performance, Schwa – The Neutral Vowel, Antigone and The Da Ponte Project. Prayer Bells, which draws on traditions of Latin, Hebrew and Byzantine chant, had its USA premiere at the Chicago Cultural Centre.

In 2004 he was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship. His Incantation II for soprano and digital delay won the International Valentino Bucchi Vocal Prize in Rome in 1997. His design credits include the internationally acclaimed Odyssey and Medea.

In 2014/15 Kimisis – Falling Asleep, a chamber opera for Soprano & Electric Trombone had its Netherlands premiere at Splendor Amsterdam and toured to the Karavaan Festival. Before the Flame Goes Out – Stedelijk Museum – Amsterdam, Concerto for Ondes Martentot & Orchestra and Trombone Concerto for Pierre Volders.


Warwick Stengårds

Conductor

Following a four-year engagement as Assistent Generalmusikdirektor at the Volksoper Wien and a seven-year tenure as Erster Kapellmeister at the Luzerner Theater, Warwick Stengårds is a freelance conductor based in Vienna.

In addition to an extensive symphonic canon, Stengårds has a music-theatre repertoire of over 100 works performing with companies such as Vienna State Opera, Volksoper Wien, Folkoperan Stockholm, Opera Australia, Victoria State Opera, Chamber Made Opera and West Australian Opera where, in 1991, he was appointed Music Director.

Operatic highlights include the world premieres of Koehne’s Love Burns, Tahourdin’s Heloise and Abelard, Ingham’s Transfigured Night, Koukias’ MIKROVION, Australian premieres of Turnage’s Greek, Williamson’s Our Man in Havana, and regional premieres of Wozzeck and The Rake’s Progress.

In Europe Stengårds has conducted the Ulster Orchestra, the SL Orkester, the Uppsala Kammarorkester, Klangforum Wien, the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester Saarbrücken (featuring soloist Andreas Scholl), DalaSinfoniettan, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the European Doctors Orchestra and the Nürnberger Symphoniker.

Recent projects included:

Wozzeck (Gurlitt), Ariane (Martinu), Barbara Strozzi (Gräwe – World Premiere) and concerts for the Luzerner Theater.Tyranny of Distance with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Einstein Cantata with SonicFiction and concerts with the Luxemburg Philharmonie. Purcell’s Fairy Queen in South Africa, the world premiere season of Naske’s Das Städtchen Drumherum at the Vienna State Opera, Die Csardasfürstin in Leipzig, Bluebeard’s Castle in Melbourne and concerts with Soundstream Collective. Concerts with the Australian Philharmonic, Monash Academy, Luxemburg Philharmonie and Klangforum Wien are among future projects.


Sandi Sissel

Cinematographer

Sandra Sissel is an American cinematographer, director and producer. Sandi is best known for her work in documentaries such as Salaam Bombay!, Chicken Ranch, Mother Teresa (1986) as well as TV shows like 60 Minutes, and feature films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

She has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 1994 and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2004.

Sandi started college in 1967. She pursued her interests and desire to become a reporter by studying journalism and television. While she still wanted to pursue journalism, she did contribute to a few small films during her time in college. After completing this degree, she moved to Wisconsin with her husband where she taught and filmed for the University of Wisconsin.

After this career, she moved to New York City where she soon got a job with both NBC and later ABC. During this time, she contributed as cinematographer for The Wobblies and assisted in camera or electrical work for Best Boy, Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang, Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists, Fame, No Nukes and “Rush”. After working for ABC for a few years, she eventually decided to pursue a career that focussed primarily on cinematography for documentaries and feature films.

In her pursuit of this career she has gained a great deal of respect from her colleagues as a female working behind the camera. She currently teaches “Advanced Cinematography Techniques” and “Advanced Cinematography Practicum” at Tisch School of the Arts.


Elvio Brianese and Peta Heffernan

Production Designers

Architects Peta and Elvio are co-founding directors of the interdisciplinary practice, Liminal Studio based in Hobart, Australia. Underpinning the Studio’s philosophy is that collaborative design across disciplines drives innovative thinking. Liminal Spaces is the part of the Studio where areas of research, investigation and participation go beyond the traditional realms of architecture, ranging from delivering award winning architecture and interiors to acclaimed collaborations in contemporary performances, exhibitions and festivals to roles influencing the framing of cultural policy.

Their design approach to performance explores how space and meaning can be manipulated with minimal forms; where the interaction between the performer and space define one another. This has led to award-winning collaborations with IHOS for Kimisis – Falling Asleep which debuted at MONA FOMA 2010 and toured internationally in 2014 and 2015, The Barbarians performed for MONA FOMA 2012, the experiential installation ECHO Part 1 – A Neurological Soundscape performed in 2013 and the design for the Tasmanian Theatre Company’s production Born From Animals which will debut in Tasmania in May 2014 and won Best Professional Designat the inaugural Tasmanian Theatre Awards.

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Greg Gurr

Sound Design

Greg began his interest in audio at 16 while still at school in Tasmania. Through his career he has worked as acoustic jazz and contemporary music concert engineer, a film and video sound recordist and designer/ engineer in a variety of theatre performance. Some of the highlights of Greg’s career have included engineering the sound for Roy Orbison, Don Burrows,  Ivan Rebroff, The Angels, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and touring with international acts 10CC, ELO and The Stranglers. Greg was also sound recordist on Words and Silk, an award winning documentary on author, Gerald Murnane.

Greg’s first IHOS production was Days and nights with Christ in 1997. Since then he has designed and operated the sound for productions of IHOS Opera including the small music theatre works Kimisis – Falling Asleep, Kitchen Table Rondo and Prayer Bells and large format productions The Divine Kiss, Sea Chant, Tesla – Lightning in His Hand and The Barbarians for the Museum of Old & New Art.

He also designed the works for the IHOS Music Theatre Laboratory including: Spirits of the Hoist, Schwa – the Neutral Vowel, As if Electronically ControlledTouch Woodand Antigone.

With his retirement from ABC TV Greg has focused on other interests photography, 3d recording and plane wave technology in Audio Design.


Jason James

Lightning

Jason James – Lighting and Projection Designer Jason has worked as a lighting and projection designer for over twelve years; creating designs principally for new works. His recent credits include Red Racing Hood, Big Baby, Pip and Pooch, Shadow Dreams, Sleeping Horses Lie, and Love, for Terrapin Puppet Theatre; Born from Animals, Branch Book Bench, The Company I Keep, If I jumped I’d Fly Tasmanian Theatre Company; Motel Dreaming, and Galla Placidia Dark MOFO; Echo, The Barbarians, and Kimisis IHOS Opera; Tell Tails Bridget Bridge; Abandoned Dances, Episodes, Birds Mature Age Dance Ensemble; Wild at Heart, Motel Dreaming Unconscious Collective. Spiegeltent for Ten Days on the Island 2015. Fall, Winter, Spring Second Echo Ensemble.

Jason has been developing a broader arts practice around light over the last seven years. He is currently studying Visual Arts at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, and has had artworks presented in festivals around Tasmania. The two most recent were Angry Electrons, a solo show in Dark MOFO 2015, and Crevasse, which was a part of envelop(e) curated by Matt Warren, a co-presentation between Contemporary Arts Tasmania and Dark MOFO.

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Mik Lavage

Production Design

Mik Lavage is an Australian Sound & Vision designer, composer and musician. Working on stage and screen, Mik has been nominated for AFI awards (screen) and worked on shows nominated for the Helpmann Awards (stage).

Mik has collaborated with a broad range of artists and companies; from the ancient Greek leanings of IHOS opera to the acrobatic worlds of The Tom Tom Crew, Company @ & Strange Fruit, performing worldwide, including Melbourne, Munich, Montreal, Detroit, Paris & Taipei to name a few. He currently tours globally with The Orkestra of the Underground, Company 2, IHOS, Hermitude and Toni Childs working as Designer of Sound, musical performer and designer of interactive Visual Elements.

Mik is also a graduate of AFTRS (Australian Film, Television & Radio School) in music composition for film, and has produced numerous albums as a solo artist as well as with Toni Childs. His music has been featured in many dance, theatre and film productions that range from political documentary to feature film.

Anke Höppner

Remember EVA (Soprano)

Anke Höppner was born Germany and studied with Professor Renate Faltin at the Hanns-Eisler Conservatorium in Berlin. She won the first prize in the Hanns-Eisler Liederwettbewerb (the award for the best vocal graduate in the German Democratic Republic) and, in 1993, the Bayreuth Stipendium. In 2001, she won the Helpmann Award for best female operatic performance.

An early association with Komische Oper, Berlin led to principal roles in Les Brigandes, Die Zauberflöte, Orfeo ed Euridice, Cenerentola and Der Freischütz.  Anke then began to take larger roles in many German theatres – the title role in Jenufa, Abigaile in Nabucco, Lisa in Pique Dame, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, Charlotte in Werther, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena for the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater; Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw for both Neue Opernbühne Berlin and the Otono Festival in Madrid – she also appeared as Brautjungfer in Der Freischütz for the Staatsoper in Berlin.

Upon moving to Australia in the 1990s, Anke was quickly offered engagements by Opera Australia. For the national company, she has sung the title roles in Iphigénie en Tauride, Jenufa, Madama Butterfly and The Gypsy Princess, Mimi in La bohème, Lucretia Janz in Batavia, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, The Foreign Princess in Rusalka and Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Secret.

For State Opera South Australia, Anke performed the title role in Madama Butterfly and Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. She sang Lucretia Janz for the Perth International Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the role of Procne in The Love of the Nightingale for Victorian Opera and Opera Queensland.

Concert engagements have included Liederabende with songs of Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Dvorak in the London Opera Festival, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Melbourne International Music Festival and Barossa Music Festival; Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester, Mozart’s Requiem with the Berliner Philharmonie, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonieorchester and the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester, Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. In recent seasons, Anke Höppner has sung the title roles in Turandot for Opera Australia and Tosca for West Australian Opera; Minnie in La fanciulla del West for West Australian Opera and Opera Australia, Leonore in Fidelio for Opera Queensland and Opera Australia, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel for State Opera of South Australia; she also repeated her portrayal as Procne in Sydney and appeared as Gerhilde and 3rd Norn in Opera Australia’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in Melbourne.  In 2014, Anke returned to Perth as Tosca.


Sarah Jones

EVA Exotic Dancer (Soprano)

Born in Tasmania, Sarah moved to Sydney in 2005 and completed a Master of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium. Sarah performed for Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Company in Sid the Serpent (2011), Cinderella (2009), The Barber of Seville (2008) and The Magic Flute (2007). Other engagements include Soprano II in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Willoughby Symphony, 2011), Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata (Opera Australia, 2012) and Opera Australia’s Opera Gala (2010). In Australia Sarah appeared regularly with ensembles such as Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and she has recorded for ABC Classic FM.

In 2010, Sarah created the role of Spirit in FOX, a new opera for children (Monkey Baa Theatre), and premiered the one-woman chamber opera KIMISIS for IHOS Opera/MONA FOMA. In 2011 she performed the lead role of Rose Pickles in excerpts from George Palmer’s new opera Cloudstreet, and also appeared as Papagena in The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera and Canberra Symphony Orchestra).

In 2012 Sarah commenced work at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, as the winner of the 2012 German Australian Opera Grant. She debuted seven roles in her first season, ranging from Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe to Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She was retained as a full ensemble member for the 2013-14 season, singing roles such as Christel in Der Vogelhändler and Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto. She is currently working as a freelance singer, singing Pamina/Papagena, Gretel, Fatime (Weber’s Abu Hassan) and Bastienne for Junge Oper! in schools across Germany. In December 2014 she revived her interpretation of Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. In April 2015 she sang Lesbina in a concert performance of Galuppi’s Il filosofo di campagna and in May 2015 she appeared with Ensemble Mattiacis as Amor in da Gagliano’s La Dafne as part of the International Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. In January 2016 she played Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for Pocket Opera Wiesbaden, a role which she had already sung as a jump-in at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Further appearances in 2016 will include Amor in Orfeo and the soprano soloist in Händel’s Alexander’s Feast.


Don Bemrose

TARKA (Baritone)

Don Bemrose is of Gungarri descent and has worked hard to become Australia’s foremost male Aboriginal Classical opera singer. In professional productions, Don has sung four lead’s of which three were World Premiere’s of new Australia opera works. Pecan Summer for Short Black Opera Company 2010 in which Don was a “standout”. From a Black Sky for The Street Theatre 2013 Don “was compelling” Cloudstreet for State Opera of South Australia 2016.

After achieving his childhood dream in 2012 performing for Opera Australia in two productions, 2013 saw Don move to our national capital to commence life with his wonderful partner. Don’s success can be attributed to an amazing extended family who have educated him culturally, spiritually, and emotional, creating a ferocious curiosity to explore this amazing planet and connect with all there is. Don’s beautiful grandmother Nana Ruth Hegarty and Gungarri Tenor, Harold Blair inspired in Don a passion for singing and classical music.

Don graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2011 from the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne. He continues to evolve his pure vocal delivery honing his craft and training his lyric baritone voice with the incredible Raymond Connell.

Don recognises it is his path to take a passion for classical music and the operatic voice and infuse it with his strong cultural heritage and positive thinking to educate, inspire and entertain.


Aria Johanna Pezzimenti

Girl EVA

Aria Johanna Pezzimenti is from Sydney, Australia. Aria attends St Scholastica’s College. She had previously studied at Los Carmonas Flamenco Dance School for ten years. Aria has sung locally in two live performances including jazz cabaret and and 60s themed show. This is Aria’s first film and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work along side such accomplished and talented people.

Biasino William Pezzimenti

bill@nineskippinggods.com

Konstantin Koukias

konstantinkoukias@gmail.com