“There’s a time for sowing and there’s a time for reaping.”

"There's a time for sowing and there's a time for reaping."

“There’s a time for sowing and there’s a time for reaping.”

MILLS/GOLDSWORTHY

SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE

18 Nov – 20 Nov

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Based on Ray Lawlor’s 1955 Australian play of the same name, this chamber opera tells the story of a long-standing tradition at the end of the sugarcane season, in which cane-cutters Barney and Roo travel south to Melbourne for their annual fling with two city girls. But this year, the seventeenth year, is different. Gone are the larrikin summers of their youth. Instead, their reunion is full of tension, silence, and awkward attempts to hold onto their past. One girl has married; all of them struggle to come to terms with what their futures hold.
Lawler’s play is considered to be the most significant in Australian playwriting, marking the first time the authentic Australian voice was depicted on stage. So too does Mills and Goldsworthy’s opera express, at its heart, something heroic, fragile, and utterly moving.

The opera was commissioned by the Victoria State Opera and premiered in 1996. Opera Australia subsequently presented the work in 1999.
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CAST

Olive Antoinette Halloran
Pearl
Dimity Shepherd
Emma Elizabeth Campbell
Roo Joshua Rowe
Barney Paul O’Neill
Bubba Desiree Frahn
Johnny Dowd Nicholas Cannon

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

CREATIVES

Conductor Richard Mills
Director Joseph Mitchell
Design Simone Romaniuk
Lighting Design Trudy Dalgleish

Suitability
PG


Italian
English Surtitles


Hearing Loop


Accessible Venue

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Angus Wood returns to his role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly after performing the same role for New Zealand Opera in 2015

“…The standout performance of the evening is Angus Wood as Pinkerton. He portrays Pinkerton as charismatic but entitled, out to get the best of what he can. From his first entrance he holds the stage and his vocal performance is rich, strong, and exhilarating. Wood gives us a performance that allows us to understand why Butterfly falls so deeply in love with him.” - Theatrereview.org.nz

Madama Butterfly is at the Adelaide Festival Centre for a strictly limited season. Book Now at BASS: stateopera.com.au/productions/madama-butterfly/
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Lucky SOSA having Angus there.Great voice great human

Such happy memories of doing this rôle with you , Angus.

You the man Angus Wood

Bon chance à tous... The cast autographed poster I won from the last production sits pride of place at home and what a fantastic performance it was!

1 day ago

State Opera South Australia

After discovering Puccini's music at 10 years old, Tobias has fallen in love with his operas and is excited to share Madama Butterfly with Adelaide this November in his Australian debut as a conductor.

Fall in love with Puccini as Madama Butterfly opens this week with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Book now at BASS: stateopera.com.au/productions/madama-butterfly/
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Wenonah Tran so excited!!!

Mike Brown - looking forward to seeing it

Hear what audiences have to say about The Mikado!

The Mikado is at the Adelaide Festival Theatre until the 24 November. Book your tickets now! stateopera.com.au/productions/the-mikado/
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It is a great production.

Agree👍❤️

3 days ago

State Opera South Australia

Kate Cherry chats about Madama Butterfly and why it is particularly special to her.

Madama Butterfly opens is at the Adelaide Festival Centre tomorrow night until 23 November.

Tickets available here: stateopera.com.au/productions/madama-butterfly/
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Congratulations to our Peep-Bo, Charlotte Kelso on being announced as a finalist in the 2019 Chamber Music Adelaide Young Artist Awards!

See this talented young South Australian artist in The Mikado at the Adelaide Festival Centre until the 23 November.
Book tickets here: stateopera.com.au/productions/the-mikado/
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Congratulations to our Peep-Bo, Charlotte Kelso on being announced as a finalist in the 2019 Chamber Music Adelaide Young Artist Awards! 

See this talented young South Australian artist in The Mikado at the Adelaide Festival Centre until the 23 November. 
Book tickets here: https://stateopera.com.au/productions/the-mikado/

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Congratulations Charlie!🎉

Congratulations Charlie.

Congratulations Charlie!!💚💜❤️

Go Charlie!!! ❤️❤️❤️Charlie Kelso

Kate

So pleased. Congratulations. Can't wait to see The Mikado tomorrow night.

Congratulations Charlie

Congratulations 🍾😘

Well deserved 👏🏻 👏🏻

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