Project Description

Memories

Deputy Stage Manager of the Australian Opera production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore, at the Sydney Opera House (Opera Theatre) in 1983 for 17 performances.

Conducted by Richard Bonynge (for Joan Sutherland) alternating with Peter Seymour (for Rita Hunter).

Directed by Elijah Moshinsky, Set Design by artist Sidney Nolan, with Costume designs by Luciana Arrighi and Lighting Design by Nick Chelton.  Chorus Master was Martin Handley and Concert Master was Gordon Bennett.

Starring Joan Sutherland and alternating with Rita Hunter (in role of Leonora), Kenneth Collins and alternating with Francisco Ortiz (in role on Manrico), Jonathan Summers (Count di Luna), Lauris Elms (Azucena), Donald Shanks (Ferrando), Cynthia Johnston (Inez), John Durham (A Gypsy), Robin Donald (Ruiz) with the Australian Opera Chorus and Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra.

Special thanks to lovely Rita and her daughter Mairwyn for insisting I go down to Sydney to repeat Il Trovatore for her again.