Summer of The Seventeenth Doll (opera)

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is a chamber opera in two acts by Richard Mills to a libretto by Peter Goldsworthy, based on the play of the same name by Ray Lawler. The opera was commissioned by the Victoria State Opera and premiered on 19 October 1996 at the Playhouse in Melbourne. It lasts about two hours. It was live simulcast on ABC Classic FM on Australia Day (26 January) 1997

Role Voice type Premiere cast, 19 October 1996
Conductor: Richard Mills
Pearl mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Campbell
Olive soprano Gillian Sullivan
Bubba soprano Natalie Jones
Emma soprano Eilene Hannan
Barney tenor Barry Ryan
Roo bass-baritone Gary Rowley
Johnnie Dowd bass baritone Nicholas Todorovic
State Orchestra of Victoria
Director Richard Wherrett
Design Brian Thompson
Lighting Nigel Levings
Costumes Julie Lynch

Mills also used this musical material for his Symphonic Picture from Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

For plot details, see the article on the play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

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