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sinking of the rainbow warrior


The sinking of the rainbow warrior : teacher resource kit / research and questions by Anne Power.

  • 1 teacher's booklet (28 p. ; 30 cm.) + 1 sound disc (CD) + 1 score.
  • Published by Australian Music Centre — 2002
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Australian Works and Artists Analysed in this Kit

sinking of the Rainbow Warrior (1994) by Colin Bright and Amanda Stewart
 Colin Bright

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This kit examines The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, an opera by Colin Bright and Amanda Stewart, and contains newspaper articles, CD, musical extracts and questions with detailed answers.

In 1985, a Greenpeace vessel, The Rainbow Warrior, was moored in Auckland Harbour. It was preparing to lead a flotilla to the Mururoa Atoll exclusion zone in protest against French nuclear testing in the Pacific. On the night of July 10, two French secret agents (DGSE) planted explosives and the boat was destroyed. There was one casualty, the photographer Fernando Pereira. The agents were caught, interrogated and eventually tried and sentenced to serve five years on a Pacific Atoll. The Greenpeace movement were devastated by the lightness of the sentence.

Composer Colin Bright and librettist Amanda Stewart take this story and use it, in one sense, to explore the myth of a hero returned from the underworld who reveals the story of his death. In another sense, the Narrator enables the different time frames of the story to be simultaneously presented, in order to see this event from its many perspectives. Consequently, there are many meanings explored by the libretto and the score. The opera was performed in the Festival of Sydney in 1997. Later came the radio version of 1999 and the CD release in 2000.

This opera kit is aimed at senior secondary schools and tertiary institutions, and is part of a series on Australian opera. This series fits the syllabus requirements for the study of Australian music.

  © Australian Music Centre

Contents note: Teacher's resource kit (research and questions by Anne Power) -- Study score -- CD (Vox Australis VAST028-2)

ISBN for teacher's booklet: 0-909168-55-5

Analysis and activities based on the opera The sinking of the Rainbow Warrior by Colin Bright and Amanda Stewart.

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