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Stella By Lyric Opera Of Melbourne


Fri 25 Sep 2015, 8:00pm
Sat 26 Sep 2015, 8:00pm
Mon 28 Sep 2015, 8:00pm
Wed 30 Sep 2015, 8:00pm

Where: David Williamson Theatre, St. John St, Prahran, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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A fascinating gem of Australia’s musical and social history, Stella by G.W.L. Marshall-Hall, makes its long-awaited return to the stage in a new production by Lyric Opera of Melbourne this September.

Set in bayside Melbourne at the time of Federation, Stella is the story of a nurse ruined by suburban hypocrisy, brought to life through radiant and powerful music. Composed in 1908, it was the first opera to ever be set in Melbourne.

Lyric Opera of Melbourne is taking this powerful and beautiful one-act opera to the stage for the first time in over a century.

Making her Lyric Opera debut, Lee Abrahmsen takes the title role of Stella, leading a superb local cast including Carolyn Vercoe, Roberto Barbaro and Matthew Thomas.

With this small cast and lasting only 90 minutes, this intimate and accessible opera will feature lighting design by Greenroom award winner, Rob Sowinski, and costume design by Sam Fisher from Melbourne’s Tanner and Teague.

Marking 100 years since the composer's death, Lyric Opera’ of Melbourne celebrates Marshall-Hall's important contribution to Australia’s artistic history.

Bringing Stella out of the shadows and into the spotlight, Artistic Director and Conductor Pat Miller said, “As part of our history, Stella deserves to be part of our future”.

Stella will be performed September 25, 26, 28 and 30 starting at 8pm, at the David Williamson Theatre, located just off Chapel and High Streets in Prahran.

The revival of Stella is in partnership with the University of Melbourne who are presenting a mini symposium on Marshall-Hall and his opera on September 12 at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Ticket holders for performances of Stella will receive a free pass to attend this symposium.

The production is a revival of a beautifully crafted Australian work that’s not to be missed.

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