y Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White single work   musical theatre   opera   - Two acts
Adaptation of Voss : A Novel Patrick White 1957 single work novel
Note: Libretto by David Malouf, music by Richard Meale.
Issue Details: First known date: 1980-1989... 1980-1989 Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Voss was adapted into an opera by author David Malouf and composer Richard Meale. It was first performed by the Australian Opera in Adelaide, March 1986.

Production Details

  • First performed by the Australian Opera at the Adelaide Festival Centre, 1 March 1986.

    Director: Jim Sharman.

    Designer: Brian Thomson.

    Cast: Geoffrey Chard (Voss), Robert Eddie (Judd), Robert Gard (Le Mesurier), Anne-Maree McDonald (Belle), John Pringle (Palfreyman), Marilyn Richardson (Laura Trevelyan), and Gregory Tomlinson (Harry Robards).

    Performed with the same cast and crew at the Opera Theatre, Sydney, between 5 June and 28 June 1986.

    Performed with the same cast and crew at the State Theatre, Melbourne, between 14 March and 2 April 1987.

    Restaged with the same crew at the Opera Theatre, Sydney, between 8 October and 26 October 1990.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Grosvenor Place, Sydney City, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Australian Music Centre , 1980-1989 .
      Extent: 1 score; 2v.; 1-175, 176-442p.p.
      Note/s:
      • 'This score is a facsimile of the composer's score held at Sounds Australian (the Australian Music Centre).' (t.p. verso)
    • Grosvenor Place, Sydney City, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Australian Music Centre , 1986 .
      Alternative title: Voss : An Opera in Two Acts after the Novel by Patrick White
      Extent: 29p.
      Note/s:
      • Libretto only.

Works about this Work

Fly Away Peter : When Australian Literature Goes to the Opera Michael Halliwell , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 1 May 2015;
Towards an Australian Art-Music Canon Joel Crotty , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , October vol. 55 no. 10 2011; (p. 91-97)

"is there an Australian art-music canon? Does Australian music feature in any lists of 1001 works to be listened to before you die?' Joel Crotty.

Modern Opera's Literary Success Story Michael Halliwell , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , October vol. 55 no. 10 2011; (p. 86-90)
Not Walking Falling : Performing Intimate Immensity Rachel Fensham , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Halfway House : The Poetics of Australian Spaces 2010; (p. 195-213)
A Feast of a Meale Matthew Clayfield , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 February 2010; (p. 16)
Untitled R. Aldritch , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Campaign Australia , no. 127 1986; (p. 38-39)

— Review of Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White David Malouf 1980-1989 single work musical theatre
Untitled J. Carmody , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: National Times , 13-19 June 1986; (p. 31)

— Review of Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White David Malouf 1980-1989 single work musical theatre
Untitled J. Carmody , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: National Times , 7-13 March 1986; (p. 32)

— Review of Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White David Malouf 1980-1989 single work musical theatre
Untitled Maria Prerauer , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 June 1986; (p. 10)

— Review of Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White David Malouf 1980-1989 single work musical theatre
Untitled J. Sykes , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: 24 Hours , vol. 11 no. 2 1986; (p. 12-14)

— Review of Voss : Opera in Two Acts After the Novel by Patrick White David Malouf 1980-1989 single work musical theatre
'A Comfortable Society' : The 1950s and Opera in Australia Michael Halliwell , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 45 2004; (p. 10-29)
'The Space Between' : Postcolonial Opera? - The Meale/Malouf Adaptation of 'Voss' Michael Halliwell , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 28 1996; (p. 87-98)
Interview : David Malouf Jim Davidson (interviewer), 1980 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 39 no. 3 1980; (p. 323-334) Sideways from the Page : The Meanjin Interviews 1983; (p. 263-279) David Malouf : Johnno, Short Stories, Poems, Essays and Interview 1990; (p. 285-298)
Words to That Effect Anna McAlister , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Limelight , August 2007; (p. 34-36)
Three pairs of Australian composers and librettists discuss the enormous collaboration involved in creating an opera.
The Long Quest for Voss's Artistic Soul Janet Wilson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 May 2009; (p. 4-5)
Last amended 12 May 2014 15:18:23
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