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A Pocket Opera performance

The Rape of Lucretia

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The Show

The Rape of Lucretia is the first of Britten’s “chamber operas,” which he envisioned as bold, ambitious works composed on a relatively small scale for intimate settings - the perfect opera to be performed in 'Pocket size'. The opera revolves around a bet made between three Roman officers, Collatinus, Junius, and Prince Tarquinius, while they are at war with Greece. With themes still pertinent in today's society, this gem is not to be missed!

What is a Pocket Opera?

A Pocket Opera is a shortened or condensed adaptation of a well known work. This concept for Pacific Opera is the brain child of our Co-Artistic Director, Peter Coleman-Wright AO, and came about during the Covid-19 lock down period. The Pocket Opera format allows our Young Artists to learn appropriate roles in their entirety (an important skill and experience for a young singer) and then perform selections of these roles for audience. The Artistic Team ensure the cut down, 1 hour versions of the operas maintain musical and structural integrity without the need of the large number of characters and vocal ranges that many operas require. One hour is also the perfect size for an introduction to opera or for anyone with a busy schedule.

When: Sunday June 13th 5pm 
Where: Darlington, Sydney

Tickets: $35 Students | $40 Adult

Free drink on arrival



Lucretia - Rebecca O'Hanlon

Tarquinius - Nick Geddes

Collatinus - Matthew Avery

Bianca - Elora Ledger

Lucia - Tessa Hayward

Junius - Henry Wright

Female Chorus - Kirralee Hillier

Male Chorus - Gavin Brown

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