Performance dates & times

Saturday 12 Jun
11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM

Running Time 50 minutes, no interval

Price range

Parrwang Lifts The Sky is available for purchase as part of a Victoria Opera's Quarter 2 Subscriptions.

Buy two or more shows in a quarter and save 20%

Standard
$30.00
Concession
$26.00
Senior
$26.00
30 & Under
$26.00
Child
$22.00
Standard
$38.00
Concession
$33.00
Senior
$33.00
30 & Under
$30.00
Child
$28.00

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To provide the best possible experience under changing conditions, Season 2021 ticketing has been transformed. The Season is structured into quarters with performances grouped according to date.

Parrawang Lifts the Sky goes on sale in Quarter 2

Subscriptions on sale: Thursday 11 February to Wednesday 24 February 2021
Single Tickets on sale: Thursday 25 February 2021

Did you know that magpies created the first dawn?

A long time ago…

The sky was a blanket on the land. The earth was in darkness and the people were afraid. It was a very sad state of affairs and would have stayed that way except for the courage of Parrwang the Magpie.

Tjatjarrang (Big Sister) and Koki (Brother) are young, adventurous and tired of living in the dark. When they manage to climb to the highest branches of an ancient gum tree, they discover an exciting new world and a steadfast friend in Parrwang, who decides to help the young humans lift the blanket of darkness from the ground.

A plan is devised, but can Parrwang convince the Great Council of Birds to agree?*

*Based on an original story from Wadawurrung Country told to the children of the Wadawurrung by community Elder, the late Uncle David Tournier.


Credits

COMPOSER AND LIBRETTIST
Deborah Cheetham
CONDUCTOR
Richard Mills
DIRECTOR
Cameron Menzies, assisted by Deborah Cheetham
CULTURAL SET DESIGN
BJ O’Toole
CULTURAL COSTUME DESIGN
Deanne Gilson
SET AND COSTUME CONSTRUCTION DESIGNER
Mel Serjeant
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Peter Darby
ORCHESTRA
Victorian Opera Chamber Ensemble

Cast

Parrwang
Georgina Hall
Gorngany
Deborah Cheetham
Bunjil/Father
Don Bemrose
Mr Waa
Kiran Rajasingam
Mrs Waa/Mother
Shauntai Batzke
Tjatjarrang
Jess Hitchcock
Koki
Michael Petruccelli
Presented in association with Short Black Opera. Supported by Jane Hemstritch.

  • Victorian Opera
  • Short Black Opera

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