Rites of Passage


by Peter Sculthorpe

Theatre work for soloists, SATB chorus, ensemble and dancers
Opera, Music Theatre
Aboriginal, from Southern Aranda Poems
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
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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