Iain Grandage & Alison Croggon, based on the novel by Tim Winton
The Riders
Love is a fierce beast

23 September - 4 October 2014

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"★★★★ (The Riders) is an opera of rare dramatic power, utmost musicality and first-rate performances” – The Age

Award-winning composer Iain Grandage and librettist Alison Croggon breathe new life into Tim Winton’s gripping portrait about the panic and terror of someone suddenly bereft of love. When the unthinkable happens, Scully, a decent hearted Australian embarks on a race across Europe desperately trying to locate his missing wife, with his young daughter Billie in tow. A bold reimagining of an acclaimed Australian novel, with a score featuring bouzoukis, piano accordions, fiddles and the sublime recorder playing of Genevieve Lacey. Directed by Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Marion Potts.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS >


The Riders is presented by Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre.
Supported by Victorian Opera New Work Syndicate



Composer Iain Grandage

Librettist Alison Croggon

Conductor Richard Mills

Director Marion Potts

Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson

Lighting Designer Matt Scott

 

Scully Barry Ryan

Jennifer Jessica Aszodi

Billie Isabela Calderon

Arthur Jerzy Kozlowski

Marianne Dimity Shepherd

Alex David Rogers - Smith

Orchestra Victoria

VENUE

Merlyn, The Coopers Malthouse

 

DATES

  • Tuesday 23 September, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 September, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 September 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 September 7.30pm *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
  • Wednesday 1 October 7.30pm *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
  • Friday 3 October, 7.30pm# *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
  • Saturday 4 October, 7.30pm *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*

90 minutes with no interval. #Accessible performance.


TICKETS

2014 Season packages have now closed. Single tickets now available to purchase via Malthouse Theatre

  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: 03 9685 5111
  • In person: The Coopers Malthouse Box Office, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank. Click here to find out more.
  • Pricing: Tickets $60 (booking fee applies). Concession and VOyage ($30 tickets for 30 years and under) available
  • School bookings: *School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Book online or call Education on 03 9685 5164

*School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile tour - Friday 3 October, 6.20pm
  • Audio described performance - Friday 3 October, 7.30pm


Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. View our Education Brochure online, download a printable version or visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >


SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

  • Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 September, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 September, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 October, 7.30pm
  • Friday 2 October, 7.30pm
  • Pricing: $23 (metro) and $21 (regional) per student
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Malthouse Theatre Education on 03 9685 5164 or book online.

90 minutes with no interval


ONLINE LEARNING

SYNOPSIS
Act One
Scully is renovating his house in Ireland, waiting for his wife Jennifer and his daughter Billie to join him from Perth. Jennifer, Billie and Scully sing together, and we hear the hint of shadows in the marriage. Scully has his first vision of The Riders. We glimpse Billie seated with Jennifer on a plane, reading her favourite book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Meanwhile Scully waits at Shannon Airport. Only Billie arrives.


Act Two
In Greece, Arthur, a British expatriate, stands in a bar thinking of the Australian family who left six weeks before. Scully turns up with Billie in tow, aggressively questioning Arthur about his suspicions that Jennifer has left him for the painter Alex. Mad with jealousy, Scully drags Billie off to confront Alex, but Jennifer isn’t there. When he returns to the bar, he is told that Alex is dead and the police believe Scully is responsible. He is about to flee with Billie when she is attacked by a dog.


Act Three Billie and Scully travel to Italy where they discover that Jennifer is in Paris. Billie is increasingly ill from the dog bite and a desperate Scully visits Jennifer’s Parisian friend Marianne. She taunts Scully, accusing him of beating Jennifer, and he steals her wallet and runs off. Drunk, Scully glimpses Jennifer and chases her into Notre Dame, where he has has a vision of Jennifer as the Madonna. In his darkest despair, Billie saves him. They return to Ireland, where Scully sees The Riders for the last time.

© Alison Croggon

 

 

"★★★★ (The Riders) is an opera of rare dramatic power, utmost musicality and first-rate performances” – The Age

Award-winning composer Iain Grandage and librettist Alison Croggon breathe new life into Tim Winton’s gripping portrait about the panic and terror of someone suddenly bereft of love. When the unthinkable happens, Scully, a decent hearted Australian embarks on a race across Europe desperately trying to locate his missing wife, with his young daughter Billie in tow. A bold reimagining of an acclaimed Australian novel, with a score featuring bouzoukis, piano accordions, fiddles and the sublime recorder playing of Genevieve Lacey. Directed by Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Marion Potts.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS >


The Riders is presented by Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre.
Supported by Victorian Opera New Work Syndicate



Composer Iain Grandage

Librettist Alison Croggon

Conductor Richard Mills

Director Marion Potts

Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson

Lighting Designer Matt Scott

 

Scully Barry Ryan

Jennifer Jessica Aszodi

Billie Isabela Calderon

Arthur Jerzy Kozlowski

Marianne Dimity Shepherd

Alex David Rogers - Smith

Orchestra Victoria

VENUE

Merlyn, The Coopers Malthouse

 

DATES

  • Tuesday 23 September, 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 September, 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 September 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 September 7.30pm *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
  • Wednesday 1 October 7.30pm *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
  • Friday 3 October, 7.30pm# *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*
  • Saturday 4 October, 7.30pm *LIMITED AVAILABILITY*

90 minutes with no interval. #Accessible performance.


TICKETS

2014 Season packages have now closed. Single tickets now available to purchase via Malthouse Theatre

  • Online: Click here to BOOK ONLINE >
  • Phone: 03 9685 5111
  • In person: The Coopers Malthouse Box Office, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank. Click here to find out more.
  • Pricing: Tickets $60 (booking fee applies). Concession and VOyage ($30 tickets for 30 years and under) available
  • School bookings: *School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Book online or call Education on 03 9685 5164

*School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group

 

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Find our more about our accessible peformances >

  • Tactile tour - Friday 3 October, 6.20pm
  • Audio described performance - Friday 3 October, 7.30pm


Victorian Opera's for Schools program offers an unique experience for students to experience the world of opera, enhance their musical eductation and have fun. View our Education Brochure online, download a printable version or visit our website to find out how we can tailor an opera experience for your students >


SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

  • Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 September, 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 30 September, 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 1 October, 7.30pm
  • Friday 2 October, 7.30pm
  • Pricing: $23 (metro) and $21 (regional) per student
  • School bookings: School group booking of 10. One free Adult ticket per school group. Call Malthouse Theatre Education on 03 9685 5164 or book online.

90 minutes with no interval


ONLINE LEARNING

SYNOPSIS
Act One
Scully is renovating his house in Ireland, waiting for his wife Jennifer and his daughter Billie to join him from Perth. Jennifer, Billie and Scully sing together, and we hear the hint of shadows in the marriage. Scully has his first vision of The Riders. We glimpse Billie seated with Jennifer on a plane, reading her favourite book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Meanwhile Scully waits at Shannon Airport. Only Billie arrives.


Act Two
In Greece, Arthur, a British expatriate, stands in a bar thinking of the Australian family who left six weeks before. Scully turns up with Billie in tow, aggressively questioning Arthur about his suspicions that Jennifer has left him for the painter Alex. Mad with jealousy, Scully drags Billie off to confront Alex, but Jennifer isn’t there. When he returns to the bar, he is told that Alex is dead and the police believe Scully is responsible. He is about to flee with Billie when she is attacked by a dog.


Act Three Billie and Scully travel to Italy where they discover that Jennifer is in Paris. Billie is increasingly ill from the dog bite and a desperate Scully visits Jennifer’s Parisian friend Marianne. She taunts Scully, accusing him of beating Jennifer, and he steals her wallet and runs off. Drunk, Scully glimpses Jennifer and chases her into Notre Dame, where he has has a vision of Jennifer as the Madonna. In his darkest despair, Billie saves him. They return to Ireland, where Scully sees The Riders for the last time.

© Alison Croggon

 

 

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!


"★★★★ (The Riders) is an opera of rare dramatic power, utmost musicality and first-rate performances” – The Age

“Together, Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre have created a bewitching jewel of contemporary music theatre” – The Australian

“In presenting a new work of this quality, Victorian Opera’s dedication to the art form is unmatched by any other arts company this year." – Man in a Chair

READ MORE >

★★★

PROGRAMME


Immerse yourself in the world of opera with our The Riders programme! Read the notes from the composer, librettist, director and conductor and find out what it takes to put a new Australian opera together. VIEW PROGRAMME ONLINE >

 

PHOTO ALBUM


View The Riders photo album ONLINE >

HOW TO TURN A BOOK INTO A OPERA


Look behind the curtain as composer Iain Grandage, conductor Richard Mills and director Marion Potts share their insight in turning Tim Winton's acclaimed novel into a brand new opera. WATCH ON YOUTUBE >

REHEARSAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES


Get a sneak peek of the rehearsal room for The Riders. Image - Barry Ryan (Scully): © Charlie Kinross. VIEW THE ALBUM >

 

In Conversation


The Riders composer Iain Grandage (pictured) and librettist Alison Croggon share their thoughts on the creative process behind creating an new Australian opera in our Behind the Curtain Blog. READ ON >


Image: © Charlie Kinross

Working on Winton


Composer Iain Grandage recently wrote a piece for Limelight Magazine about his new opera The Riders. READ THE EXCERPT >

The Riders


“A visceral and contemporary tale of a man being led away from a void of devastating personal emptiness by the innocent voice of a child.” – Richard Mills (pictured)


Image: © Charlie Kinross