'Janis Balodis was commissioned by NORPA to write the text [for Electric Lenin] after Lyndon Terracini first heard the intriguing true story about the life of a North Coast farmer, who despite his isolation on a rural property in 1960's Australia, developed relationships across the globe via his ham radio.
'Balodis's libretto uses elements of this life - themes such as rural isolation and communication - as a springboard into a remarkable story about memory and loss...
''Electric Lenin' paints a picture of a man so consumed by ideas and passions beyond his immediate realm he fails to realise the power of the relationships he has immediately around him. Using elements of opera, movement, video projections, live and recorded sound.'
Source: NORPA website, http://www.norpa.org.au