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The Children's Bach

  • Fitters' Workshop 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston, ACT, 2604 Australia (map)

Concert 17
PRESENTED with the support of University of New South Wales

The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner

Helen Garner’s novella The Children’s Bach from 1984 has been described as one the most perfect short novels in the English language.  By 2008 Andrew Schultz’ operatic transformation had turned the work into a gripping study of human and musical counterpoint. Central to the story is a young autistic boy whose rendition of Bach’s Polonaise for his eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann brings the piece to its cathartic conclusion.


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The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner, opera by Andrew Schultz (b. 1960) on a libretto by Glen Perry


Athena - Natalie Peluso, soprano
Dexter - David Greco, baritone
Billy - Michael Cherepinskiy
Poppy - Anna Khan
Elizabeth - Anna Fraser, mezzo soprano
Philip - Andrew Goodwin, tenor
Vicki/Angie/girl - Amy Moore, soprano

Jason Noble, Chin Cheng Lin, Chris Latham, Blair Harris, Max McBride, Edward Neeman, directed by Roland Peelman

 Andrew Schultz

Andrew Schultz


This concert is generously supported by Gail Ford. Portrait of Helen Garner by Jenny Sages used with permission of the artist.

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