02 Jan - 31 Jan 2001
Batavia is an opera in three acts and a prologue by Richard Mills to a libretto by Peter Goldsworthy, commissioned by Opera Australia. The plot is based on the historical events surrounding the Dutch sailing ship Batavia.
The opera premiered on 11 May 2001 at the State Theatre (Melbourne) for the Centenary of Federation Festival. It received three Helpmann Awards and six Green Room Awards.
Further information about Composer Richard Mills can be found on the Australian Music Centre website.
Francisco Pelsaert, Commandeur
Gijsbert Bastiensz, ship's Preacher John Bolton-Wood
Wiebbe Hayes, Provost Barry Ryan
Jeronimos Cornelisz, Undermerchant Michael Lewis
Conraat Van Huyssen, nobleman, Company cadet Jamie Allen
Lucretia Jansz Anke Hoppner
Zwaantie Jendricx, Lucretia's maid Emma Matthews
Maria Bastiensz, Preacher's wife Elizabeth Campbell
Preacher's daughter Joanne Blankfield
Preacher's son Bill Dodd
Wiebbe Hayes' son Mark Casey
Wiebbe Hayes' son Christopher Toohey
Director Lindy Hume
Designer Dan Potra
Lighting Rory Dempster
Sound Peter Ripon
Conductor Assistant Director Julie Edwardson