The Long Ride Home

Fri, July 25, 2008

Independent Theatre, North Sydney, Australia,

On July 25th at 8pm in the Independent Theatre in North Sydney, a new Australian Opera, The Long Ride Home will be given a world-premiere performance. This performance will feature outstanding Australian opera singers and a chorus accompanied by a small chamber ensemble conducted by the composer. The performance will be stage directed by Patricia Herman. 
The Long Ride Home is a 95 minute-long opera based on an original story set in contemporary rural Australia. The opera tells the story of the Douglas family:

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 City which places their family conflicts in a new perspective.

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