Following the extension of Victoria’s fifth lockdown, Victorian Opera must regrettably cancel its season of Richard Meale’s Voss scheduled for Wednesday 4 August at the Palais Theatre, St Kilda.
The current lockdowns in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia have made presenting the legendary Australian opera unfeasible. Victorian Opera shares this disappointment with the Australian National Academy of Music whose students had been preparing to form the orchestra for this performance, as well as the many opera lovers who had both championed and welcomed Voss’ long-awaited return to the stage.
A co-production with State Opera South Australia, Victorian Opera has shifted plans to stream the Melbourne performance and will now stream the production from Adelaide’s Her Majesty Theatre on Friday 17 September at 7:30pm. On-demand Digital Access will be available for six months following the performance.
Ticket holders to Victorian Opera’s season of Voss will be contacted regarding their ticketing options, including full refunds.
Richard Meale’s lauded 1986 opera Voss, based on Patrick White’s famed novel with a libretto by David Malouf, receives its long-awaited revival. Considered the ‘great Australian opera’, it traces the journey of obsessive explorer Voss in the perilous Australian outback and his lover Laura, whom he leaves behind in colonial Sydney.
Richard Mills conducts the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in a semi-staged concert directed by Stuart Maunder AM – a co-production with State Opera of South Australia. Samuel Dundas and Emma Pearson appear as Voss and Laura in the one-night-only performance.
“Voss is Richard Meale’s first opera and a great landmark of music in Australia. It takes Patrick White’s novel to regions of expression that only opera can encompass; its genius is uniquely Australian, and it speaks to us and for us about our heritage and landscape,” notes Mills.