When Vosspremiered at the Adelaide Festival in March 1986, it was hailed as the long-awaited Great Australian Opera. With music by Richard Meale and a libretto by David Malouf, based on Patrick White’s novel, the audience applauded rapturously, and felt they were witnessing a defining moment in Australian cultural history. The critics were also impressed. The opera was performed in Sydney later that year, and revived in 1990. But it hasn’t been staged since. Why? In his cover feature Back From the Wilderness, Vincent Plush traces the history of the operaand hopes that the forth-coming semi-staged performances by Victorian Opera and State Opera South Australia will help rescue the opera from neglect.

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