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The children's Bach, op. 74 : opera

by Glenn Perry and Andrew Schultz (2008)

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Performance by Chamber Made Opera, Nicholas Carter from the CD children's Bach

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Work Overview

The work has a libretto by Glenn Perry after the novel of the same name by Helen Garner. The work is set in inner suburban Melbourne in the 1980s and is about 80 minutes duration with a cast of seven including a teenage girl (Poppy) and a ten year old autistic boy (Billy). The cast is accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of clarinet, violin, cello, double bass, percussion and piano; there is also an on-stage piano that is played by most of the opera's characters but especially Billy. The work had its first season with ChamberMade Opera in Melbourne in June-July 2008 in a production directed by Chris Kohn and conducted by Brett Kelly.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: 3 sopranos, boy treble, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, clarinet in B flat and A (doubling bass clarinet in B flat), violin, cello, double bass, percussion (1 player), 2 pianos (1 on-stage).

Duration: 80 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Act One -- Act Two

Commission note: Commissioned by Chamber Made Opera with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board.. Written with the aid of the RE Ross Trust Playwright's Script Development Awards.

First performance: by Brett Kelly, Chamber Made Opera at Schultz: The Children's Bach (Merlyn Theatre) on 20 Jun 2008


Resonate article: The Children’s Bach by Rhiannon Cook


Performances of this work

Jul 08: Merlyn Theatre, CUB Malthouse, Melbourne. Featuring Chamber Made Opera, Nicholas Carter.

20 Jun 2008: at Schultz: The Children's Bach (Merlyn Theatre). Featuring Brett Kelly, Chamber Made Opera.

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