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The Long Ride Home

The Long Ride Home is an opera by Thomas which lasts around 90 minutes with no intermission. It has six singing and one speaking role. The story is set on a country farm in a remote area of outback Australia.

Frank Douglas (aged 58) lives on the farm with his daughter Rebecca (aged 29) and his grandson Robert (aged 10), Rebecca’s son. Frank’s eldest daughter, Catherine (aged 31), lives in New York City with her American husband, Taylor, a popular author. Frank’s wife, Kate, died eighteen months before the time of this story, and Frank has recently suffered a heart attack. Catherine saw her mother for the last time two years ago during a two week visit to New York City. She has not had any contact with her family for the past eighteen months. During the opera, Catherine makes a surprise visit back to her home town and the family is forced to confront their recent tragedies. Later, the family receives shocking news from New York which places their family conflicts in a new perspective.

Click here to view video highlights from the World Premiere Production of The Long Ride Home.

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