ned kelly

The latest opera by Luke Styles, to a libretto by Peter Goldsworthy. Premiered at the 2019 Perth Festival to sold out crowds, commissioned by Lost and Found Opera. Conductor: Chris van Tuinen. Director: Janice Muller. Cast: Samuel Dundas, Fiona Campbell, Adrian Tamburini, Matt Reuben James Ward, Robert MacFarlane, Pia Harris, Community Chorus. Orchestra: West Australian Symphony Orchestra

a solid, gripping production, mostly because the music and performances are terrific...This Ned has the potential to become a transcendent stage figure, a deeper wellspring of flawed Australian masculinity – hero, myth or otherwise.
— The Guardian
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ABC Broadcast coming soon! Check back here for more details and live links. In the meantime LISTEN HERE to a Radio National feature on Ned Kelly (including segments of music) as part of a Perth Festival special feature.

Summary

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.

Photo: Toni Wilkinson

Photo: Toni Wilkinson

Photo: Toni Wilkinson

Photo: Toni Wilkinson

The folk sweetness was darkened by Britten-esque orchestral dissonance with added bush flavourings from an onstage folk band, rattled gum leaves and metallic percussion. Styles shaped the drama with moments of stillness and explosions of energy.
— The Australian
Luke Styles and Peter Goldsworthy’s score and libretto, and Janice Muller’s deft direction, summoned the self-reliant strengths of the bush … to re-imagine a well-worn legend. Light and shade, sound and music were used intelligently throughout this world premiere, the bush a constant backdrop until a steam train whistle signaled the arrival of overwhelming firepower.
— The West Australian 4.5/5 Stars
Photo: Toni Wilkinson

Photo: Toni Wilkinson

 
Photo: Toni Wilkinson

Photo: Toni Wilkinson

Luke Styles’ strong score is impressive in this new chamber opera...
The folk element adds a familiar melodic element from the era to sit against the darker, dissonant orchestral score, frequently driven by percussion, with influences of Britten and Berg. At times the percussion evokes the sounds of the bush, while the final scene is explosive musically as the sound of gun shots ring out. Conducted by Chris van Tuinen and splendidly played, it’s clear that Styles has a strong musical voice.
— Limelight
an important addition to the Australian operatic canon.
— Nicole Youl/@NicoleYoulOperaSinger
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