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Ned Kelly : a chamber opera

by Peter Goldsworthy and Luke Styles (2017)

Ned Kelly


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Ned Kelly : A chamber opera / music: Luke Styles ; libretto by Peter Goldsworthy.

Library shelf no. 782.1/STY 5 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Ned Kelly weaves together the common myth with lesser known extraordinary facts about the politics, loves and quirks of Australia's legendary bushranger. Cross dressing, pig stealing, bee keeping, opium smoking, devout republican supporting, armour wearing loyal family men - that's just part of the story of the notorious Kelly gang.

Work Details

Year: 2017

Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, bass-baritone, chorus, 2 flutes (2nd doubling piccolo), 2 clarinets in B flat (1st doubling clarinet in A, 2nd doubling bass clarinet), percussion (3 players), 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos, 2 double basses, folk band. Players in Act II Scenes 3 and 4 (can be drawn from a mixture of the chorus and cast).

Duration: 95 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Lost and Found Opera.. Commissioned by Lost & Found Opera and the Perth Festival

First performance: by Lost and Found Opera at Ned Kelly (No 1 Mill, Jarrahdale) on 15 Feb 2019

Finalist for 'Work of the Year'-Dramatic in the 2020 Art Music Awards.

Performances of this work

18 Feb 2019: at Ned Kelly (No 1 Mill, Jarrahdale). Featuring Lost and Found Opera.

15 Feb 2019: at Ned Kelly (No 1 Mill, Jarrahdale). Featuring Lost and Found Opera.

28 Feb 2018: at Ned Kelly (Callaway Music Auditorium). Featuring Lost and Found Opera.

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