The Lost Operas Of Oz




2 Aug, 7:30 pm
3 Aug, 7:30 pm


Adult $55
U30’s $30
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“An allegory or fable about illusion and reality and the truth and lies of memory.”
– Dorothy Hewett

Christina, in middle age, is obsessed by a desire to return to the house of her youth and the imagination she created there – a kind of second Eden of lost childhood and the Pastoral Dream. She succeeds in conjuring her young self, a hesitant and idealistic dream figure who gradually takes on the characteristics of a ‘real’ Christina – a contradictory, perverse, tragi-comic adolescent with a fierce egocentric life of her own.

But the house is peopled by malignant ghosts and terrible memories. In the end we are left with an enigma. Was there ever such a house? Was there a lover, a father, a mad uncle, a drowned child – or were they all nothing more than figments of the young Christina’s distorted imagination? Was there ever such a place as Christina’s World?

Christina’s World was commissioned by the Music and Literature Boards of the Australia Council. The first performance was given in the Everest Theatre, Sydney, on 24 November 1983.

Composer – Ross Edwards
Libretto – Dorothy Hewett


Director  – Nicholas Cannon
Conductor – Warwick Stengårds
Designer – Christina Logan-Bell


Young Christina/The daughter – Charlotte Kelso
Middle Aged Christina – Elizabeth Campbell
Harry – Adam Goodburn
Tom, the lover/The Son – Nick Jones
Dick, the Father/The Husband – Joshua Rowe

Change of Venue – Christina’s World & Madeline Lee

State Opera South Australia is notifying patrons of a change to the venue for the seasons of Christina’s World (2-3 August 2019) and Madeline Lee (4-5 October 2019).

Initially intended to be held at the Old Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide, the productions will now take place at the State Opera Studio, Netley. All cast and creative teams remain the same, and the productions will be staged in full at the new venue.

BASS will contact all existing ticket holders (including subscribers) from before 8 July to re-issue tickets. Please note that seating in the new venue will be General Admission with no reserved seats. There is free onsite parking at the Opera Studio, and in surrounding areas, and all entrances are accessible.

State Opera thanks its valued patrons for their understanding and looks forward to welcoming them to an intimate and powerful opera experience at their studio home.