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Barossa : a singspiel in two acts / libretto: Andrew Taylor ; music: Ralph Middenway.
by Ralph Middenway (1988)
This opera (technically a Singspiel, i.e with some spoken dialogue), is a 'Romeo and Juliet' story with a happy ending. Its setting is a small ethnic German town in Barossa Valley in South Australia, during the period October 31st to 11th November 1918.
'Romeo' is a recently discharged AIF officer, the son of a local Anglo grazier; 'Juliet' is a student teacher, the daughter of a widowed ethnic German woman with a small holding.
The plot is driven by the sometimes extreme ethnic tensions found in the Valley during WW1. Music plays a role: one character plays ragtime piano; one is the church organist; several others form an onstage German band. News of the Armistice leads to a happy ending.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (513p. -- A3+ (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Four professional singers for principal roles (SSBarBar)
Duration: 120 min.
Commissioned by South Australian College of Advanced Education.
First performance 1988 - South Australian College, for Bicentennial, Singspiel, two acts, Andrew Taylor, four professional singers, several good students, one actor, chorus, onstage German band, and orchestra.
"Commissioned by the South Australian College of Advanced Education" -- T.p.
Set in a 'German' town in the Barossa Valley in 1918.
Includes performance directions, stage settings.
By one definition of the term, 'Barossa' is 'post-modern', in that it includes elements of traditional Lutheran music, village dance music, small-town band music, ragtime, bucolic tonal and lyrical or dramatic atonal music, spoken dialogue, and some sections which suggest Sprechgesang. But it works a treat.
This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.
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