From here, there was the world premiere of a generous suite from Anne Cawrse’s forthcoming opera, Innocence, a work on which she has worked for eight years. And if the suite is anything to go by, then the wait and travail has certainly been worth it. Presented with a quartet of fine vocalists (Desiree Frahn, Teresa La Rocca, Adam Goodburn, who is also the work’s librettist, and Joshua Rowe), here was a highly enjoyable half hour of attractively appropriate music. Based on a real tragedy set in local Croydon, Stephen Orr’s novel Time’s Long Ruinproves to be the stuff of ‘suburban’ opera in a genre which runs from Bernstein to Koehne. The costumed singers delivered heartfelt, knowing performances with incredibly clear diction and the audience responded rapturously to this premiere. So let’s hope that Innocence is soon taken up by Australia’s professional companies.