Rites of Passage

(1973)

by Peter Sculthorpe

Description
Theatre work for soloists, SATB chorus, ensemble and dancers
Duration
105
Genres
Opera, Music Theatre
Text
Aboriginal, from Southern Aranda Poems
Instrumentation
Rites: perc(4): - pno (with opt tape echo), SATBchorus, dancers Chorales: 2 tuba - perc(3): - pno(with opt tape echo) - 6 vlc.4 db, SATB chorus
Commission
Commissioned by the Australian Opera
First Performance
27.9.1974, Opera House, Sydney/Jaap Flier: Australian Opera Chorus/Geoffrey Arnold/Australian Dance Theatre/Elizabethan Trust Sydney Orchestra/John Hopkins
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‘There have been many attempts to write an Australian opera. None has succeeded as Sculthorpe has … It comes across with a strong immediacy of emotional conviction. Beneath that, you can sense a depth and density of thought and experience which suggests a lasting masterpiece.’ The Bulletin (Brian Hoad) Read more

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