Libretto and Music by Carlisle Floyd. Based on the novella by John Steinbeck. Director: Bruce Beresford. Conductor: Andrea Molino. Opera Australia. Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House. July 23 - August 11, 2011. Melbourne season in November, 2011.
Bruce Beresford was asked what he would like to direct for Opera Australia and his first choice was Of Mice and Men. It’s not hard to see why a director with a strong film background would be inspired by the score.
Here is a piece of music with cinematic intensity. You did not leave whistling the tunes but the richness of the orchestration - ranging from shrieks of terror to deep melancholy - was a whole of body experience.
At the curtain call the composer Carlisle Floyd, looking a little wobbly at the age of 85, was given a well-deserved ovation.