State Opera SA’s Cloudstreet. Image supplied.
Part of the appeal in adapting Cloudstreet as an opera was the challenge of ‘singing the vernacular in opera style,’ said director Gale Edwards.
‘There’s slang in the novel, you know; there’s a real Australian colloquialism and it’s a working class way of speaking, and I love that. So the idea that we may be defining an Australian voice through opera is really appealing to me.’