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Voss : opera in two acts from the novel by Patrick White

by David Malouf and Richard Meale (1985)

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Performance by Australian Opera Chorus, Sydney Symphony, Stuart Challender, Geoffrey Chard, Marilyn Richardson from the CD Voss

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Voss / by Richard Meale ; director Jim Sharman.

Library shelf no. VD 6 [Not for loan]

Garden scene from 'Voss'


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Garden scene from 'Voss' / Richard Meale

Library shelf no. 782.1/MEA 4 [Not for loan]

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Work Details

Year: 1985

Instrumentation: Vocal soloists, 3 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 3 bassoons (contrabassoon), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion, piano, harp, strings.

Duration: 120 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 2 Acts.

Performances of this work

7 May 2022: at State Opera of SA: Voss (Her Majesty's Theatre (Adelaide)). Featuring Richard Mills, State Opera of South Australia, Stuart Maunder, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

4 Aug 2021: at Victorian Opera: Voss (live & streaming) (Palais Theatre (St Kilda)). Featuring Stuart Maunder, Richard Mills, ANAM Orchestra of the Academy, Victorian Opera.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 15 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
The book by Patrick White is arguably the most poignant and tormented incarnation of Australia's colonial narrative. Any dreams or hopes about the inland sea or an undiscovered garden of Eden were shattered with the death of its explorer. Laura's Aria is an ecstatic piece of musical lyricism, the romantic dream of an English mind.
Roland Peelman