In this dappled landscape lurks both beauty and wonder. The score is mysterious and colourful, with moments of dramatic intensity and hushed beauty. The libretto by Meredith Oakes is poetic and spare.
Eucalyptus is an ageless story of love and longing, about a daughter and a father – Ellen and Holland. Ellen’s overprotective father has created a safe haven from the world – a forest of eucalypts. But is the forest a sanctuary? Or is Ellen, like Rapunzel, imprisoned? Ellen encounters a Stranger amongst her father’s trees – a storyteller with enchanting tales of far-away lands…
Renowned Australian playwright Michael Gow directs this co-production for Victorian Opera, Opera Australia and the Perth and Brisbane Festivals, with designs by Simone Romaniuk. Desiree Frahn and Simon Meadows create the roles of Ellen and Holland, with Orchestra Victoria and the Victorian Opera Chorus conducted by Tahu Matheson.
Composer: Jonathan Mills
Librettist: Meredith Oakes
Conductor: Tahu Matheson
Director: Michael Gow
Set and Costume Designer: Simone Romaniuk
Cast: Desiree Frahn, Simon Meadows, Michael Petruccelli, Samuel Dundas, Natalie Jones, Dimity Shepherd, with Victorian Opera chorus
Eucalyptus is at St Kilda's Palais Theatre.
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