• Alison Bauld
  • Nell (1988)

  • Novello & Co Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Midsummer Opera to celebrate the Australian Bicentenary

  • 111+alto-melodica.10000percpfstr(1.1.1.1)
  • chorus
  • Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone
  • 1 hr 15 min
  • Alison Bauld
  • Composer
  • English

Programme Note

Poor settlers struggle to survive on a small, barren section in inland Australia. A black comedy, balancing farce with melodrama, the squatter's simple-minded daughter attempts an excape from her blighted existence; but motherhood and a veneer of education do not alleviate the sense of emotional stagnation.