VOSS: From Novel to the Opera Stage

How does a novel become an opera? Join Donald McDonald, Moffatt Oxenbould, Robyn Holmes, Jim Sharman, Marilyn Richardson and Geoffrey Chard as they reflect on the process of recreating Patrick White's great novel for the opera stage. Featuring the music and memories of composer Richard Meale and performances by Alan Hicks, Ben Connor and Karen Fitz-Gibbon, ANU School of Music.

Join us before the seminar for Collection Viewing: The Voss Papers and discover the stories behind the book, attempts to film it and the creation of the opera. See separate listing for details.

National Library of Australia, Visitor Centre, ground floor
from 15 May 2009, 2-4pm
Theatre, free
Inquiries: 02 6262 1271

NOTE:
All Images are in high resolution TIFF format approximately A4 @ 300dpi.

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Adelaide Festival Program, March 1982
Papers of Desmond Digby (b. 1933)
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS 10056
Photograph: Sam Cooper

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Patrick White’s letter to Richard Meale, 24 July 1986
Papers of Richard Meale (b. 1932)
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS10076
Photograph: Loui Seselja

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Patrick White’s notebook, including notes on Leichhardt for Voss
Papers of Patrick White, 1930 – 2002
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS9982
Photograph: Loui Seselja

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Patrick White’s notebook, including details about the creation of Voss
Papers of Patrick White, 1930 – 2002
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS9982, Series 2 Item 5
Photograph: Loui Seselja

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Conductor Stuart Challender rehearsing Voss for the Australian Opera
Courtesy Moffatt Oxenbould and Graeme Ewer

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Harry M. Miller
Courtesy Harry M. Miller

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Voss in rehearsal: Stuart Challender, Jim Sharman, Chrissie Koltai, Brian Thomson, Luciana Arrighi, David Malouf
Papers of Richard Meale (b. 1932)
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS10076
Photograph: Loui Seselja

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The Voss libretto, inscribed by David Malouf to Patrick White, 11 February 1980
Papers of Patrick White, 1930 – 2002
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS9982, Series 9 Folder 20
Photograph: Loui Seselja

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Program for the Australian Opera production of Voss, 1986
Courtesy Moffatt Oxenbould and Graeme Ewer

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Libretto for Voss, by David Malouf, first draft with notes by Malouf
Papers of Richard Meale (b. 1932)
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS10076
Photograph: Loui Seselja

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Orchestral score for Voss by Richard Meale
Papers of Richard Meale (b. 1932)
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS10076
Photograph: Loui Seselja

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Voss t-shirt
Papers of Richard Meale (b. 1932)
National Library of Australia
Manuscripts Collection, MS10076
Photograph: Sam Cooper

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Voss leatherbound program and opening night notes, 1986
Courtesy Moffatt Oxenbould and Graeme Ewer
Photograph: Sam Cooper

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