“It is my story but it is also yours.”

"It is my story but it is also yours."

“It is my story but it is also yours.”

JIMMY CHI AND KUCKLES

BRAN NUE DAE

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE

19 Aug – 23 Aug

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Set out on the road trip of a lifetime with a spunky runaway teenager, two hippies, a wily Uncle, and a German priest. By the time you shake the red dust from your feet, you’ll know what it means to come home. Jimmy Chi’s coming-of-age musical Bran Nue Dae is an exuberant ride through 1960s Western Australia. Young Willie hitchhikes his way from mission school back to Broome, determined to win the heart of the girl he left behind. A feel-good mash-up of rock-and-roll, gospel, country and blues music made this first-ever Aboriginal musical a sparkling success in 1990 and inspired a hit movie.

This new production recreates the historic Sun Pictures open-air cinema in Broome, and invites you to experience a quintessentially Australian story.

This production is commissioned by the Opera Conference, Australia’s national partnership of professional opera companies.
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CREATIVES

Musical Director Michael Mavromatis
Musical Director
Patrick Bin Amat
Director
Andrew Ross
Associate Director Naomi Pigram
Set & Costume Designer Mark Thompson
Choreographer
Tara Gower
Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Sound Designer
Michael Waters
Indigenous Adviser Bart Pigram

CAST

Uncle Tadpole Ernie Dingo
Willie Marcus Corowa
Rosie Teresa Moore
Father Benedictus Andrew Moran
Marijuana Annie Danielle Sibosado
Slippery Callan Purcell
Aunty Theresa Ngaire Pigram

Ensemble

Adi Cox
Damar Isherwood
Tehya Jamieson
Czack (Ses) Bero
Taj Jamieson
Bojesse Pigram
Tai Savage

Touring Band

Patrick Bin Amat
Ben Ingvarson
Manny Mavromatis
Bart Pigram

Suitability
M – This production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references


2h 20m (including interval)


English


Hearing Loop


Accessible Venue

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You’ve seen him in the foyers and you’ve heard his name whispered in showbiz circles…now is your chance to hear directly from our very own arts impresario tomorrow night on Facebook Live at 7pm.

Seasoned Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder AM, gives you the chance to ask him ANYTHING – it could be about what happens behind the scenes, what not to sing at an audition, and who’s who in the complicated world of opera!

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You’ve seen him in the foyers and you’ve heard his name whispered in showbiz circles…now is your chance to hear directly from our very own arts impresario tomorrow night on Facebook Live at 7pm.

Seasoned Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder AM, gives you the chance to ask him ANYTHING – it could be about what happens behind the scenes, what not to sing at an audition, and who’s who in the complicated world of opera!

Comment below to send us your questions in advance!

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How would you convince one of your friends, who has never seen an opera before, to come and check it out?

Oooo! I have two! 1. What’s an opera you still really want to direct? 2. What is the most frequent soprano aria you hear in auditions but loath?

If you could direct any singer who is no longer with us who would it be and why

Who was your favourite soprano in the NZ Opera Chorus. Ok, in the top 10. Ok, top 20. 30? With short hair? And whose name started with C. In all seriousness. In an audition, what is the most important thing to think about as a singer. Song choice? Acting? The quality of the voice? Or a combination of everything? Thanks 🙏

How do you manage to remember so many names of individuals on large productions you are directing on sooo quickly?

What is your favourite production and why?

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Does anyone else remember their first opera experience? Artistic Director, Stuart Maunder shares his below.

"One’s love of opera has got to start somewhere.
This is my start, my 'Road to Damascus’ moment.
Ingmar Bergmann’s 1975 film of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=l17SQeytHN8

Yes, it’s in Swedish, but to my 18-year-old ears that was just as foreign as German. And there are subtitles."

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I worked as halbadeer in DON CARLOS IN 1966 SAW MARIE COLLIER IN TOSCA WIT TITO GOBI AND DONALD SMITH HOOKED LOVE OPERA.

Les Hugenots in Sydney in the 1980s. It’s a wonder I ever attended another opera. But I did and continue to do so.

As a Supernumerary in Lucretia Borgia with Joan Sutherland 1977..

I'd performed in two, Handel's Agrippina led to her death, a staged cantata, and the festival production of Pygmalion by Rameau, semichorus, before I saw one for the first time. AO's Rosenkavalier in HMT 1972, with Liz Osman. growing up I heard lots of opera on the BBC, and must have seen some. I bought the score of Rosenkavalier a few years ago to work out how the trio does what it does. none the wiser I'm happy to say.

Australian Opera toured Fliegender Holländer and Tannhäuser to Adelaide in the 1960s. Brian Coghlan took his German students along. Lifetime addiction!

Tosca 1974, I was in the kinder-chor of the Opera Australia production at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Magic!

2006 State Opera production of a Nabucco for me. The sound of the artists and orchestra blew me away. Not to mention the exploding walls and blood drop from the fly gallery- had me hooked!!

A late bloomer I saw Saul in the Adelaide Festival with the State Opera Chorus and have never stopped searching for that same thrill. We’re so lucky to have such brilliant musicians and artists in South Australia!

Verdi’s Aida did it for me - fabulous production and heaps of fun. Of course he also writes beautiful parts for mezzos, too!🎶🥰🥰

I was a 17 year old exchange student in the Netherlands. My host family took me on holidays to Italy and I saw Aida at the Arena di Verona, complete with elephants! 🐘🐘

Just hearing “The Pearl Fishers”

State Opera of SA Countess Maritza...and then 1986/7? SWEENEY TODD!!!! Nancye Hayes as Mrs Lovett...that was IT! I was hooked...

Manon with my mum on a holiday in Belgian while i still lived in the Netherlands in the 70s, listening to her singing areas from Faust and La Traviata while doing dishes and movie of Porgy and Bess with Sydney Poitier. Lots of operettas which were my dad's favourites.

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State Opera is committed to supporting the talented singers, artists, and creatives who reside at the core of this company, and assures you that these wonderful people will be back on our stages and in our productions as soon as possible.

We know we can count on our audiences, partners and broader community to support each other at this time.
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Good on you Stu. Keep punching. Love. Barry and Anke

Well said Stuart!

Lovely message Stuart- hang in there.

When this is over, the first thing I'll do is go to an opera. Hopefully, that opera is Sweeney Todd in October of this year, but regardless, I look forward to seeing your shows again when it's possible. 🙂

Thank you Stuart, looking forward to post Covid 19. Stay safe and happy.

Our beloved State Opera will continue to inspire and delight us in the times ahead with the magic of this wonderful art form. Thank you Stuart!

Sending best wishes to you Stuart 🙂 🙂 🙂

State opera will be better than ever once this is all over. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful company again x

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Since we're not together at Carmina Burana, the State Opera Staff decided to invite you to share a glass of Shingleback & Red Knot Wine with us as we knock off from a week of hard work in isolation. As you can see we are not yet the masters of Zoom! ... See MoreSee Less

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No mechs. Jess Nash😪

I see the Brady Bunch reference - Thanks for the virtual knock off drink

Thanks State Opera. Watched Carimina Burana on YouTube in stead. Keep well everyone.

All good enough at Zoom to know not to be in the toilet. 😆

Wow that’s great. I’m sorry I missed out😯

Gorgeous ❤

Love it!!!

cheers!

It would have been a perfect night at Memorial Drive tonight. Cheers to everyone!

That is cool!! See you on the other side.

So sad not to be singing tonight, but this is fabulous! Cheers! ❤❤

Great idea!!

Wonderful! Thinking of everyone at SOSA ... fingers crossed I’ll see you in October xx 😘

thanks guys!! Missing y’all!! ❤️🥂

Thank you!

So cool stay safe everyone cheers 🥂 😘

Claire Edmonds-Wilson Kathryn House This should have been tonight 😢

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Great effort!

This is brilliant ❤

Cheers to our favourite opera partners! Stay safe please & let’s all enjoy the small pleasures. Including that end-of-day glass or 2. Salut! 😊❤️🍷🍷

What...? No lip syncing?

So very clever and funny - thank you for sharing 😀

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