Loose, Wet, Perforated

Music & Libretto by Nicolas Vines

Directed by Jeremy Bloom (2011) / Austin Regan (2016) 

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World Premiere - September 16, 2011 by Guerilla Opera

“a STRIKING and VIVID new production… colorful music… the score is a marvel of text setting… The singers, composed of Guerilla Opera regulars, were excellent.” Boston Classical Review



Loose, Wet, Perforated, inspired by medieval morality plays, is the tale of “Loose” and “Wet,” who undergo various trials to climb in rank in their secret Guild. Director Austin Regan leads the Guerilla cast and creative team through a strange game show set in a parallel future. Live video feed intensifies each trial and you, the “live T.V. audience,” are invited to participate at crucial moments. Which character will descend to isolation and despair and which to fame and fortune?

Scored for soprano, mezzosoprano, countertenor and baritone, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, and percussion, “Loose, Wet, Perforated” runs approximately 75 minutes and is sung in English. This production has adult content and is not suitable for children under the age of 14.

This opera was recorded into a full length album, released on Navona Records on October 13, 2017.

Download the libretto
Download the program (2016)



Described as “exquisite” (Gramophone), "and “edgy, bright and entertaining as hell” (NewMusicBox), the works of Nicholas Vines (b.1976, Sydney) have been performed by the likes of Alarm Will Sound, BMOP, Ensemble Offspring, the Schola Cantorum Gedanesis Chamber Choir, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Australian Piano Quartet. He has been commissioned by organisations around the world, such as Acacia Quartet, Callithumpian Consort, Firebird Ensemble, mmm…, Guerilla Opera, ChamberMade Opera, Ensemble Apex, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and various Sydney schools. Recognition for Vines’s work includes APRA AMCOS Art Music, Helpmann and Green Room Awards (2011/2012, 2007, 2006),  runner-up in the 2010 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, an honourable mention in the 2006 Salvatore Martirano Competition (USA), and 2nd Prize in the 'Musica Sacra 2005' Competition (Poland). Published by Wirripang, Faber Music, the Australian Composers Online Project and Alexander Street Press, the bulk of his work is available through the Australian Music Centre. Navona Records has released albums of Vines’s compositions featuring the Callithumpian Consort (Torrid Nature Scenes), Guerilla Opera (Loose, Wet, Perforated) and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough (Hipster Zombies from Mars). Graduating in 2007 with a PhD from Harvard University, Vines taught theory and composition there and at Wellesley College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking up a position at Sydney Grammar School. He is also a composition tutor at the University of New South Wales, and mentor for the annual Artology Fanfare Competition, which in 2016 won the APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence in Music Education.