Staging based around the infamous unsolved Adelaide cold case will mark 50 years since the children’s disappearance.

The mysterious disappearance of the three Beaumont children from Glenelg beach in 1966 will be the subject of a new opera to be staged in Adelaide in 2016. SINGular Productions, in partnership with State Opera of South Australia, will create a new Australian opera, Innocence Lost, adapted from the novel Time’s Long Ruinby Adelaide author, Stephen Orr.

The opera will be “loosely based” on the disappearance of the three children with the creators saying that the new work will be “a story about friendship, love and loss; a story about those left behind, and how they carry on: searching, the disappointments, the plans and dreams that are only ever put on hold.”

Jane Beaumont (aged 9), Arnna Beaumont (aged 7), and Grant Beaumont (aged 4) were three siblings collectively known as the Beaumont children who disappeared from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia on Australia Day,1966. Their case resulted in one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history and remains one of Australia’s most infamous cold cases. A trail of dead ends including fabricated letters supposedly from one of the...