Nicholas Gentile is creating Émilie & Voltaire - A New Opera
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Twenty-eight-year-old composer/singer Nicholas Gentile was announced as the 2019 Fine Music Kruger Scholar at the annual Fine Music 102.5 Celebration of Fine Music event. Nicholas has established himself as a fine talent in the music industry with shining testimonials concerning theatre, performance and composition. A proud graduate of the prestigious Talent Development Project, Nicholas has performed and studied around the world.

He is the composer of La Creole & Together Apart. He has worked as a composer & orchestrator on various short films for international film festivals. As a writing team, Cheryl Sawyer and Nicholas won OzMade Musicals for their work La Creole, & it was later staged by New Musicals Australia. He continues to teach musical theatre at the Australian Institute of Music and occasionally joins the staff at NIDA & the International Screen Academy.

His experience as a composer for film and as a singer gives him a sound basis for the ambitious achievement of creating a new Australian opera. In the past years he has focused on writing musicals and short musical films (e.g. "Devoted" - featuring Olivier Award Winning Best Actor, Philip Quast) that have all been successfully produced. Émilie & Voltaire will be the apogee of his musical career so far.

Opera: Émilie & Voltaire
It is 1738. Voltaire, famous poet, playwright and philosopher, is sheltering at a château in a remote part of the Champagne region. The King of France has signed a warrant for his arrest which can be activated at any time. With him at her family’s château of Cirey is his mistress, Émilie, Marquise du Châtelet.

The lovers are passionate about scientific research and Voltaire has entered an essay competition set by the Academy of Sciences on the subject of fire. Unbeknown to him, Émilie has also submitted a paper—an act unheard of for a woman. She has kept this a secret from Voltaire for months.Émilie & Voltaire opens with the unexpected arrival of the renowned geometer Maupertuis, ‘the man who flattened the earth’, a friend of Voltaire’s and former mathematics tutor—and lover—of Émilie. He comes direct from the Academy in Paris, with the results of the competition.

Friends and rivals in learning and in love, they form a volatile triangle.

This opera presents three geniuses under one roof for a single climactic day during the Enlightenment. The intimate conflict reveals their fears and jealousies, their ambitions and desires—and at its heart is the extraordinary Émilie du Châtelet, whose contributions to mathematics and science resonate in our own time.



Twenty-eight-year-old composer/singer Nicholas Gentile was announced as the 2019 Fine Music Kruger Scholar at the annual Fine Music 102.5 Celebration of Fine Music event. Nicholas has established himself as a fine talent in the music industry with shining testimonials concerning theatre, performance and composition. A proud graduate of the prestigious Talent Development Project, Nicholas has performed and studied around the world.

He is the composer of La Creole & Together Apart. He has worked as a composer & orchestrator on various short films for international film festivals. As a writing team, Cheryl Sawyer and Nicholas won OzMade Musicals for their work La Creole, & it was later staged by New Musicals Australia. He continues to teach musical theatre at the Australian Institute of Music and occasionally joins the staff at NIDA & the International Screen Academy.

His experience as a composer for film and as a singer gives him a sound basis for the ambitious achievement of creating a new Australian opera. In the past years he has focused on writing musicals and short musical films (e.g. "Devoted" - featuring Olivier Award Winning Best Actor, Philip Quast) that have all been successfully produced. Émilie & Voltaire will be the apogee of his musical career so far.

Opera: Émilie & Voltaire
It is 1738. Voltaire, famous poet, playwright and philosopher, is sheltering at a château in a remote part of the Champagne region. The King of France has signed a warrant for his arrest which can be activated at any time. With him at her family’s château of Cirey is his mistress, Émilie, Marquise du Châtelet.

The lovers are passionate about scientific research and Voltaire has entered an essay competition set by the Academy of Sciences on the subject of fire. Unbeknown to him, Émilie has also submitted a paper—an act unheard of for a woman. She has kept this a secret from Voltaire for months.Émilie & Voltaire opens with the unexpected arrival of the renowned geometer Maupertuis, ‘the man who flattened the earth’, a friend of Voltaire’s and former mathematics tutor—and lover—of Émilie. He comes direct from the Academy in Paris, with the results of the competition.

Friends and rivals in learning and in love, they form a volatile triangle.

This opera presents three geniuses under one roof for a single climactic day during the Enlightenment. The intimate conflict reveals their fears and jealousies, their ambitions and desires—and at its heart is the extraordinary Émilie du Châtelet, whose contributions to mathematics and science resonate in our own time.



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