Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

14 Nov

“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.”




14 Nov – 20 Nov 2020

In light of the COVID-19 restrictions for South Australia that come into effect at midnight 16 November 2020, State Opera wishes to advise that the performances of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll on 18 & 20 November are cancelled.

State Opera is in regular consultation with SA Government and key stakeholders in regards to COVID-19.
Safety of our patrons and artists remains paramount.
Any further changes to the scheduled performances for State Opera in 2020 will be made as far in advance as possible. We appreciate your continued patience and support during this time.

Based on Ray Lawler’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.

"In this new production, directed by Joseph Mitchell and conducted by its composer Richard Mills, the opera has finally found its place and worth."

LimelightBrett Allen-Bayes

"This production would break even a deaf person’s heart."

The AdvertiserEwart Shaw

"With this production, 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' has truly come of age."

The AustralianGraham Strahle


Olive Antoinette Halloran
Dimity Shepherd
Emma Elizabeth Campbell
Roo Joshua Rowe
Barney Bradley Daley
Bubba Desiree Frahn
Johnny Dowd Nicholas Cannon

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


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




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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Barber is back!
8-15 May 2021 at Her Majesty's Theatre. TICKETS ON SALE TODAY
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Cameron Gergely Blake Peiper surely a double date to this

Cordelia Elizabeth

Cheryl Emmett, get tickets. I’ll come back to see this if Ben Mingay is playing Sweeney Todd

James Scott

Terrific! First saw Sweeney Todd in the old Her Majesty’s with an amazing Lyndon Terrancini as Sweeney! Brilliant ! 🎶🎉

State Opera South Australia if we had purchased tickets for October this year will they be reissued for May?

Amy Lee Dennis

Kate Mason

Marie-Ann Ellis 😁😁😁

Booked, and very excited!

Rowan Hugh!!!!!


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Hannah Kearin let's go!

Norma Dye

Sharyn Sweeney Todd Opera :O



Hopgoodimus Ooh can we go? 😀

Scott Broadbent!! I NEED to see this !!

Daniel Bird

Ryan Varga ? want to get tickets?

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Sweeney Todd is at Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide for six performances 8-15 May 2021. Ben Mingay and Antoinette Halloran lead a magnificent cast in this musical masterpiece, featuring the State Opera Chorus and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Anthony Hunt.
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Maybe you could sell tickets to include a plus pie option??

Are you going to launch the season to purchase in one shop or will it be piecemeal?



I couldn’t be more excited!!!!

Eirini; Eleni; John; Anna; Kyriaki - please get a group together and book for this. I saw this production in 2019 in Perth, and it is outstanding!

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Tune in at 8:30AM Adelaide time tomorrow morning to find out who is back in 2021... #tunein #stateopera2021 #hesback #announcement ... See MoreSee Less

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Claire Edmonds-Wilson? Your guess??

ON SALE TODAY! After 30 years in the wilderness, the great Australian opera Voss is back in 2021 as a spectacular staged concert directed by Stuart Maunder and conducted by Richard Mills.

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who will replace Marylin and will she come

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