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South Australian Premiere
Madeline Lee tells the story of B24 bomber Lady Be Good and her 9-man crew who disappeared without a trace over Libya, North Africa in 1943 following their first and only combat mission.
Taking elements of the story as portrayed in the tele-movie Sole Survivor, Madeline Lee explores how memory, isolation and identity are affected by traumatic events.
The opera concentrates on the relationship between the dead crew and the Major, who heads the search and rescue party sent to survey the wreck. The revelation of their intertwined fate culminates in a dramatic re-enactment of the Madeline Lee’s final bombing mission over the Mediterranean and the recovery by the Major of his suppressed memories of the event.
Critics called it “one of those rare operas where music, drama and emotion synthesize into moments that feel incredibly immediate and real…a truly riveting piece.”
a compelling and haunting work about the power of memory and how it affects our lives. Haddock and Campbell’s lyrical and elegiac libretto is so good that, at times, it rises to the level of poetry. Madeline Lee is an important achievement in Australian Opera… The Australian
Composer: John Haddock
Libretto: John Haddock, Michael Campbell
Director: Douglas McNicol
Madeline Lee premiered at the Sydney Opera House on 8 October 2004. The work received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for seven Helpmann Awards in 2005.