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1 The Butterfly Lovers Joel Tan , Richard Mills (composer), 2021 single work musical theatre opera

'Yingtai disguises herself as a boy to pursue an education. On the way to commence her studies, she meets Shanbo and they become friends. Confused by their growing attraction, they eventually succumb to their love. But Yingtai is destined for an arranged marriage. Only as butterflies can they be together forever.

'In an international collaboration with Singapore’s Wild Rice theatre, Victorian Opera’s Richard Mills has composed a new opera with a libretto by playwright Joel Tan. Directed by one of Asia’s greatest theatre-makers, Ivan Heng, expect the colour and sound of Chinese culture fused with traditions of opera. 

'An exploration of sexual identity and societal oppression, The Butterfly Lovers is above all else a celebration of love.'

Source: Victorian Opera.

1 1 The Diggers’ Requiem Nigel Westlake (composer), Elena Kats-Chernin (composer), Richard Mills (composer), Grahame Koehne (composer), Ross Edwards (composer), Andrew Schultz (composer), Christopher Latham (composer), 2018 single work musical theatre

'The Diggers’ Requiem is a moving and beautiful Australian tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The newly formed Australian War Memorial Orchestra and Choir along with members of the Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon, will be directed by Christopher Latham.

'The Requiem represents - in 12 movements - the battles of Fromelles, Pozières, Bapaume, Bullecourt, Villers-Bretonneux, Hamel, Amiens, Péronne and Mont Saint-Quentin, Bellenglise, Montbrehain, Ypres and Passchendaele in Belgium. It refers to death of the Red Baron and the charge of Beersheba in Palestine, which was the last great charge of cavalry. 62,000 bells representing each Australian who died are incorporated into the last movement, Lux Aeterna.

'The different movements were written by some of the greatest Australian contemporary composers, as well as the recently discovered Frederick Septimus Kelly, who died at Beaumon-Hamel in 1916. His Lament of the Somme, which evokes the Battle of Pozières, near Albert, was written just two weeks before his death. Elena Kats-Chernin, who finished writing her piece last year, will evoke the battle of Bullecourt in the Pas-de-Calais. Alex Lithgow who wrote the stirring Victoria March, which was played by the Australian Army as it marched into Bapaume in 1917, has his work incorporated into Nigel Westlake’s the Glass Soldier, a piece for trumpet and orchestra. A lone piper plays a lament by Pipe-Major John Grant in the last movement.

'This extraordinary symphonic work was devised and curated by Christopher Latham, Artistic Director of the Flowers of War project, and the first musical artist-in-residence at the Australian War Memorial.' (Production summary)

1 1 ’Tis Pity ’Tis Pity : An Operatic Fantasia on Selling the Skin and the Teeth Richard Mills (composer), Richard Mills , Meow Meow , Cameron Menzies , 2017 single work musical theatre opera

'An operatic fantasia by Richard Mills, ’Tis Pity reunites the creative forces of international chanteuse Meow Meow and director Cameron Menzies to create a brand new work, following their acclaimed production of The Seven Deadly Sins.

'Richard Mills composes a flight of fancy on ‘selling the skin and the teeth’. A song cycle on the complexities of sex, pleasure, survival and salvation, trade transactions and razzle dazzle rouge through the ages, from Ishtar to the Internet, the vamp, the saint and the mirror, suckers and succour, preaching and pragmatism.

'Be drawn into a fantastical history of the concubine, the courtesan, the conqueror, the queen and the sing song girl. With texts ancient and modern, old and original.' (Production summary)

1 Peter Sculthorpe Took Australia's 'Spirit of Place' and Made It Sing Richard Mills , 2014 single work obituary (for Peter Sculthorpe )
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 August 2014;
'The late composer gloried in his country’s landscape and the talent of the musicians he worked with to tell its story, says colleague and friend Richard Mills'
1 y separately published work icon Luminous World : Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection Helen Carroll , Richard Mills , Bill Henson , John Kinsella , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2012 Z1935401 2012 selected work poetry art work 'Wesfarmers has been collecting art for more than three decades. From work by Elioth Gruner and colonial artist John Eyre to modern Indigenous art, the company maintains a diverse collection for the community to share and cherish through an active loan and exhibition program.Now, for the first time, Wesfarmers and the Art Gallery of Western Australia are proud to share sixty contemporary works with the Australian public. Luminous World features 50 artists from Australia and New Zealand including: Susan Norrie, Rosemary Laing, Howard Taylor, Dale Frank, Paddy Bedford, Fiona Pardington, Brian Blanchflower, Brook Andrew, Timothy Cook and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Featuring essays and poetry by Bill Henson, Richard Mills and John Kinsella, this is as must-have book for lovers of fine art.' (Publisher's blurb)
12 Batavia Peter Goldsworthy , Richard Mills (composer), 2001 2001 single work musical theatre opera
1 24 y separately published work icon Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Peter Goldsworthy , Richard Mills , 1996 Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 1997 Z898075 1996 single work musical theatre opera An operatic adaptation of the Australian drama telling of Roo and Barney, Queensland canecutters who for sixteen years have spent the off-season in Sydney with their girlfriends. Each summer Barney ritualistically presents his girl Olive, a barmaid with a kewpie doll. But the seventeenth summer is different; time has begun to take its toll. The themes of faded dreams, idealism, disillusionment and the determination to live bring out a quintessential Australian boisterous flavour while portraying what happens when the values of the outback hero conflict with urban domesticity.
1 David Rowbotham Richard Mills , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Makar , August, vol. 6 no. 2 1970; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Focus on David Rowbotham John Strugnell , 1969 single work biography
1 Sonnets : Some Terrible Richard Mills , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: Makar , November vol. 4 no. 4 1968; (p. 40-43)

— Review of My Beachcombing Days : Ninety Sea Sonnets John Blight , 1968 selected work poetry
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