State Opera set to perform

STATE OPERA BOUND FOR WHYALLA: Gerry Masi, Andrew Crispe and Mark Oates. PHOTO: Alexander Waite Mitchell
STATE OPERA BOUND FOR WHYALLA: Gerry Masi, Andrew Crispe and Mark Oates. PHOTO: Alexander Waite Mitchell

Thanks to Country Arts SA and the ‘Beyond the Stage’ Project, State Opera South Australia brings Whyalla, Noarlunga and Adelaide Keep the Home Fires Burning.

This recreation of a Red Cross gala forms part of a larger initiative funded by the Federal Government through the Australian Research Council Linkage grant scheme, and the State Library of South Australia.

You’ll hear Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and The Mikado, orchestral excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro and popular hits of the WWI era; On the Road to Mandalay, Danny Boy, Keep the Home Fires Burning and many more.

Stuart Maunder AM, Artistic Director of State Opera says, “Our Red Cross gala is a way for us to celebrate a time when hopes were high, the end was in sight, but death and destruction was all too present.”

“We want to recreate a time when the country halls rang to the sounds of operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan and patriotic standards.” – Stuart Maunder

Luke Dollman, a conductor who has emerged from Adelaide and has worked with numerous orchestras and opera houses from around the world, conducts his ‘Cheer Up’ orchestra with specialist singing practitioners and soloists from State Opera.

They will work with local performers and choruses in each of the centres, using the Beyond the Stage archival research and musical resources to create a performance unique to each location.

The ‘Beyond the Stage’ project explores the ways that the creative arts can shape our understanding of history, and South Australian society during and immediately after World War One and enables State Opera, and other key stakeholders to focus on the development of regional connections and the development and finessing of young and emerging operatic performers by taking the community involvement to a new level, providing new insight into the value of the researched music and material and creates new city/country relationships.

Project partners include the University of Adelaide, State Library of SA, Flinders University, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia, State Theatre Company of SA, and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Keep the Home Fires Burning comes to Whyalla for One Night Only on the 20th of October at 7:00pm. Groups of 10 or more are only $10.00 PP.

For more information, call State Opera South Australia (08) 8226 4790