Numerous composers have written music inspired by the vast, icy landscape of Antarctica, among them Ralph Vaughan Williams, Peter Maxwell Davies and Australia’s Nigel Westlake. Now Mary Finsterer has written an opera called Antarctica. Jeremy Eccles talks to the Melbourne composer and her librettist Tom Wright, as the work has its world premiere in Amsterdam.

Antarctica
Field work by Philip Samartzis, documenting the sounds of Antarctica near Watts Hutt. Photo © Philip Samartzis

Fancy a trip to Antarctica, before it melts? How about a musical voyage, rather more metaphorical than physical, which heads out across the great Southern Ocean but never returns? Unfortunately, you’ll have to go to Holland to experience it – at least for the time being.

Antarctica, the new opera by Melbourne composer...