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Fall of the House of Usher : opera

by Gwen Harwood and Larry Sitsky (1965)

Fall of the House of Usher


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Work Details

Year: 1965

Instrumentation: Soprano, tenor, bass, orchestra.

Duration: 45 min.

Contents note: In one act with ten scenes.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Rex Hobcroft

Commission note: Commissioned by Friends of Australian Opera, Hobart.

First performance: by Rex Hobcroft, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra — 19 Aug 65. Theatre Royal, Hobart

This opera was the very first to be staged at the Sydney Opera House on 25th July, 1973.

Part IX (Usher's monologue) revised 1969.

Performances of this work

25 Jul 73: Sydney Opera House

19 Aug 65: Theatre Royal, Hobart. Featuring Rex Hobcroft, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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Tasmanian performance of House of Usher, set design

Posted by Barrie Collins [] on 11 August, 2010

During the time that I worked at The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust in the 60's I designed the sets for this Opera, I painted a set of panels for each scene from which the set painter worked. I still have one of these painted designs but unfortunately the others went missing, the design head told me they'd disappeared in Tasmania.

If by any chance Larry knows where they might be I'd be grateful to hear about them.

I can provide photos of the existing panel and of the missing panels.

Also it would be nice to be able to communicate with Larry as I love his music and would love to hear about his experience with the performance in Tasmania.

If anyone can help I'd be very grateful.