Ned Kelly Opera
16 February 2019
Discover a different side to Ned Kelly
Perth’s internationally acclaimed Lost & Found Opera invites audiences to the Jarrahdale Heritage Mill to experience a musical ride into Australia’s wild colonial past and discover a very different side to Australia’s iconic bushranger.
Composer Luke Styles and librettist Peter Goldsworthy explore themes of Australian identity and masculinity through some surprising elements of the Kelly story. They weave the myth with lesser known extraordinary facts about the politics, loves and quirks of Australia’s most famous bushranger. Cross dressing, pig stealing, bee keeping, opium smoking, devout republican, armour wearing loyal family men — that’s just part of the tale of the notorious Kelly gang.
Superstar Australian baritone Samuel Dundas takes on the title role in a new-found space in Jarrahdale, about an hour’s drive from central Perth — the perfect setting, backdrop and link to Australia's frontier past.
Ned Kelly is directed by Janice Muller with music direction from Lost & Found Artistic Director Chris van Tiunen, who will conduct an ensemble of WASO players and folk musicians on late 19th century instruments such as fife/tin-whistle, violin, guitar and drum.
Commissioned by Perth Festival and presented in association with West Australian Symphony Orchestra, this is the first new work from Lost & Found Opera.
No. 1 Mill, 86 Millars Road, Jarrahdale
Saturday, 16 February
Monday, 18 February
Tuesday, 19 February