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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.
Pages: 1 set of performance parts
Difficulty: Advanced — Four professional singers for principal roles (SSBarBar)
Duration: 120 min.
Commissioned by South Australian College of Advanced Education.
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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