Helen Garner’s musical metaphors come alive in a new production of The Children’s Bach

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A new production of an Australian opera is an unusual event.

  • Michael Halliwell
  • The Conversation

The performance of Andrew Schultz and Glenn Perry’s 2008 opera, The Children’s Bach, as part of the Canberra International Music Festival, was refreshing and welcome.

Perfectly suiting the central thematic strand of the Festival – the music of Johann Sebastian Bach – the opera is based on the 1984 novella by acclaimed Australian writer, Helen Garner.

The title is derived from a book of relatively simple Bach keyboard pieces for children.

Garner herself described the musical structure underlying the..

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