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Batavia – 2004   

An opera closer to home, in 2004 it was an absolute pleasure to perform in Batavia composed and conducted by then Artistic Director, Richard Mills, and based on the very dark, real life story of the Batavia shipwreck at the Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia near Geraldton.  Although an emotionally taxing storyline, Batavia was exhilarating to perform in with its soaring music, superlative cast including Bruce Martin, Michael Lewis and Emma Matthews, direction by Lindy Hume, and stunning set designed by Dan Potra.  The sense of being a part of something uniquely special was palpable amongst the Batavia cast especially as we were performing an opera composed by the Company’s Artistic Director and one whose story was a part of the history of WA.  Batavia is definitely on the ‘please, let’s do it again’ list!