Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Opera

  • WHEN /

    23 Sept - 4 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hr 45 minutes, no interval

Season 2014

The Riders

// give chase to elusive hopes and transient identities.

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Opera

  • WHEN /

    23 Sept - 4 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hr 45 minutes, no interval

The Riders / is a brand new Australian opera based on Tim Winton’s Booker-nominated classic. Composed by the acclaimed Iain Grandage with the libretto by Alison Croggon, this anticipated collaboration between Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera also unites respective artistic directors Marion Potts and Richard Mills.

Scully’s wife, the mother of his child, has disappeared. Her absence looms large as those left behind look for answers, desperate to recover their lost sense of belonging. Follow Scully and his daughter as they pursue people, places and pasts that have escaped beyond reach. Stirring and strange, Winton’s prose is translated into a modern opera that could be taken as a warning not to / give chase to elusive hopes and transient identities.

★★★★  An opera of rare dramatic power, utmost musicality and first-rate performances.

The Age // Click for more

All elements were beautifully unified in Marion Potts's uncomplicated direction ... Together, Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre have created a bewitching jewel of contemporary music theatre.

The Australian // Click for more
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By / Iain Grandage and Alison Croggon
Based on the novel by / Tim Winton
Conducted by / Richard Mills
Direction / Marion Potts

Set & Costume Design / Dale Ferguson
Lighting Design / Matt Scott
Cast includes / Jessica Aszodi, Jerzy Kozlowski, David Rogers-Smith, Barry Ryan, Dimity Shepherd

Special Performances

Opening night
Tuesday 23 September, 7.30pm

Audio Description
Friday 3 October, 7.30pm

Production partners and supporters

A co-production with Victorian Opera.

Key image photography / Andrew Curtis

Rehearsal photography / Charlie Kinross