'Innocence' is a beautiful, thought-provoking, relevant and timely new Australian Opera. With music by composer Anne Cawrse and a libretto by Adam Goodburn (Singular Productions), Innocence is based upon the award winning novel Time's Long Ruin by Stephen Orr.
Innocence is a story about grief and ambiguous loss. It talks to concepts of family, connection, community, growing up and what helps or hinders people when moving through tragedy. It is an intensely moving exploration of both the pain and the hope that follows the unimaginable.
Innocence has been developed with the support of Arts SA and the State Opera Company of South Australia. A semi-staged production was held at the Opera Studios, Adelaide in 2016. Some images taken from the showing can be seen below. A highlights video is available upon request.
There will be an opportunity to hear selections of Innocence when the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents She Speaks at Elder Hall in Adelaide on June 24th, 2020. A Concert Suite from Innocence, featuring soloists Desiree Frahn, Teresa La Rocca, Adam Goodburn and Joshua Rowe will form the centrepiece of a concert celebrating works past, present and future by Australian Women Composers. For more info and tickets, please see the ASO website here.
For further inquiries regarding any aspect of this opera, please contact Anne here.
"Times Long Ruin' for Piano (2013) was composed as a brainstorming exercise in the early stages of writing the opera. Many of the themes present in this piece play pivotal roles in the musical journey of 'Innocence'. A perusal copy of the first two pages of the score can be found here.