Deputy Stage Manager of the Australian Opera production of Il Trovatore, with music by Giuseppe Verdi and lyrics by Salvadore Cammarano and Leone Emanuele Bardare at the Sydney Opera House (Opera Theatre) between June 25 and September 17, 1983 for 17 performances. (June 25, 28; July 2, 5, 8, 13, 16, 19 and 22; Aug 24, 27 and 31; Sept 3, 6, 13 and 17)
Conducted by Richard Bonynge (for Joan Sutherland) alternating with Peter Seymour (for Rita Hunter).
Produced and Directed by Elijah Moshinsky, Set Design by artist Sidney Nolan, Costume Design by Luciana Arrighi and Lighting Design by Nick Chelton. General Managed by Patrick Veitch, Technical Director: Norman Parker; Stage Managed by Peter Jukes, Deputy Stage Managed by Toby Simkin, Assistant Stage Managers: Stephen Dee, Ann Hoban and Brad Jarrett; Wardrobe Mistress: Marjorie Helmore; Wardrobe Master: Michael Beachey; Wig Mistress: Shirley Germain; Assistant Wig Master: John Lauder; Head Electrician: Donn Byrnes; Deputy Head Electrician: Derek Coutts; Head Flyman: David Chamberlain; Deputy Head Mechanist: Richard Martin; Props: Joe Diflo & Tom Gerrie; Chorus Master was Martin Handley and Concert Master was Gordon Bennett.
Starring Joan Sutherland and alternating with Rita Hunter (in role of Leonora), Kenneth Collins and alternating with Francisco Ortiz (in role on Manrico), Jonathan Summers (Count di Luna), Lauris Elms (Azucena), Donald Shanks (Ferrando), Cynthia Johnston (Inez), John Durham (A Gypsy), Robin Donald (Ruiz) with the Australian Opera Chorus and Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra.
Special thanks to lovely Rita and her daughter Mairwyn for insisting I go down to Sydney to repeat Il Trovatore for her again.
Two enemies, passionate and vengeful; an old gypsy woman with a mysterious bond to them both, and a passionate young woman who must either betray an all-consuming love or face death itself – these are the fiery elements that govern Giuseppe Verdi’s unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, madness and retribution.