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Love Burns by State Opera South Australia

A darkly funny chamber opera by Graeme Koehne with libretto by Louis Nowra.

Love Burns delivers mischievous comedy with masterful musicality.

Jack is a gigolo, a con and a ladies’ man, feigning love to steal money from lonely widows.

Angela, initially one of his victims, pairs up and assists him in his deception. She loves the con but not the ladies and when jealousy sets in, she persuades Jack to kill his victims.

One murders for love, one for money. Will they get away with it, or will the honeymoon finally be over?

Based on the true crime story of the 1940s American serial killer couple the Honeymoon Killers, Love Burns takes the premise and gives it a distinctly Aussie treatment.

For anyone looking for a dash of true crime with their opera this one is for you. After thrilling audiences in Adelaide, State Opera South Australia brings Love Burns to audiences around the country.


an ingenious stand-alone production … plenty of sardonic and black humour ... told with understated humour and brio; never does the score or plot lag. Yet another successful revival, on to the next, please.” Limelight

great fun and definitely tongue-in-cheek.” The Barefoot Review


COMPOSER Graeme Koehne

LIBRETTO Louis Nowra

Published by G. Schirmer, Australia. By kind permission of the Wise Music Group

Conductor Anthony Hunt

Director Nicholas Cannon

Designer Simone Romaniuk

Lighting Ben Flett


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Fri, 28 Oct 2022 07:30 PM 28 Oct 07:30PM Buy Tickets
Sat, 29 Oct 2022 07:30 PM 29 Oct 07:30PM Buy Tickets
Armitage Centre

Empire Cardholder $38.00

Adult $41.00             

Concession $40.00           

Child U12yrs $28.00

Groups 4+ $38.00

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Performance runs for 75 minutes with no interval.

Love Burns is sung in English.

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