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Festival Theatre

07 May 2022


From $70

Season Rescheduled to May 2022 – More Information

Voss was commissioned by The Australian Opera (Opera Australia), and premiered at the Adelaide Festival in 1986.

A Co-Production between State Opera South Australia and Victorian Opera

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Widely considered to be the great Australian opera, Voss is both the semi-biographical account of an attempt to conquer the Australian continent and an epic love story.

On the surface Voss is a tale of one man versus nature and his own nature. What lies beneath is an exquisite and moving exploration of the Outsider; a man who desperately seeks an elusive personal connection, and an identity with society. Ultimately it is a love story between two human beings that transcends time and place.

Based on Patrick White’s novel about explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, who disappeared whilst on expedition in outback Australia around 1845, the opera by Richard Meale with a libretto by David Malouf, was the sensation of Adelaide Festival of Arts when it premiered in 1986.

For the first time in 30 years, Voss will once more take Australia by storm as a spectacular staged concert directed by Stuart Maunder. Meale’s epic score is brought to life by an acclaimed all-Australian cast, led by Samuel Dundas as Voss and Emma Pearson as Laura, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and State Opera Chorus under the baton of Richard Mills.

Richard Mills AM
Stuart Maunder AM

Samuel Dundas
Emma Pearson
Judd / Mr Bonner
Pelham Andrews
Samuel Sakker
Le Mesurier
Michael Petruccelli
Joshua Rowe*
Jessica Dean
Mark Oates
Mrs Bonner / Mrs Judd
Cherie Boogaart
Jeremy Tatchell
Rachel McCall
Jiacheng Ding

State Opera Chorus
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

* Joshua Rowe is supported by The Friends of State Opera

*A one-off service + handling fee of $8.95 applies per transaction regardless of the number or value of items purchased.

*Seating: As of Thursday 13 August 2021, Theatres in South Australia return to 75% capacity, with masks mandatory for all patrons.
You will be seated next to others, be they family, friends, or other opera goers and must be wearing a mask.

  • Suitability PG
    • English
  • Surtitles Yes
  • Hearing Loop Yes
  • Accessible Venue Yes