Event The Midsummer Marriage
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Venue Festival Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Umbrella Event Adelaide Festival of Arts 1978
First Date 25 February 1978
Opening Date 25 February 1978
Last Date 4 March 1978
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Description The composer has drawn inspiration from the Celtic world of Stonehenge and the myths and magic associated with Midsummer's Day. The central theme is the search for wholeness and the forging of human relationships through sacrifice and love.
Description Source Other
Primary Genre Music Theatre
Secondary Genre Opera
Organisations
State Opera Chorus, Chorus
The Adelaide Festival of Arts, Production Company
The State Opera of South Australia, Presenting Company
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra
Australian Dance Theatre, Dance Group
Australian Broadcasting Commission, Production Company
The Peter Stuyvesant Trust of Australia , Sponsor
Contributors
Name Function Notes
Julia Blaikie Actor A Girl Dancer
David Brennan Actor Half Tipsy Man
Gregory Dempsey Actor Mark
Thomas Edmonds Actor Jack
Ruth Gurner Actor Voice of Sosostris
Keith Hampton Actor Ancient
Raimund Herincx Actor King Fisher
Susan Kessler Actor Ancient
Marilyn Richardson Actor Jenifer
Joseph Scoglio Actor Strephon
Carolyn Vaughan Actor Bella
Jonathan Taylor Choreographer
Sir Michael Tippett Composer
Myer Fredman Conductor
John Cervenka Costume Designer
John Cervenka Designer
Adrian Slack Director
Sir Michael Tippett Librettist
Ian McGrath Lighting Designer
Myer Fredman Musical Director
Geoffrey Gifford Scenic Artist
Mark Thompson Scenic Artist
Casey Van Sebille Scenic Artist
Lyn Fenney Stage Manager
Resources
Programme: The Midsummer Marriage, University of Adelaide Library Special Collections, 25 February 1978
Works
The Midsummer Marriage
Text Nationality England
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information The first time the full version of the opera was staged outside the United Kingdom.
Data Source
Source Description
Programme University of Adelaide BSL Special Collections, Theatre Collection
Brochure Performing Arts Collection of South Australia
Event Identifier 62530