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Based on the 1969 moon landing and Jules Verne's novel From the Earth to the Moon the premiere of this short opera was described in The Listener by Alan Wells as an "unclouded crowd-pleaser." He went on to say, "Stuart Hoar's libretto for this entertaining romp brought together Apollo astronauts and moon-stranded fictional characters from Jules Verne, while Ritchie's tuneful score gleefully quoted Tchaikovsky and patriotic Americana to underline (and undermine) the action."
Commissioned by the Pocket Opera of Wellington with funding from Creative New Zealand
23 May 1997: Performed by Pocket Opera Wellington; Bats Theatre, Wellington