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This four act opera with libretto by Witi Ihimaera is based on his novel Whanau and is the story of the writer's life in an East Coast (New Zealand) village. It is scored for 23 soloists, chorus, full orchestra.
Libretto by Witi Ihimaera
08 Sep 1984: Performed at the State Opera House, Wellington
15 Sep 1984: Performed by Pou Te Hemara, Tane and Nathan, Richard Haeata, Lesley Graham, Morris Solomon, Turi Hollis, Matira Taikato, Flora Edwards, Lisa Tamariki, April Dawn Maxwell, Leah Couch, Pauline Murphy, Matauranga Te Maipi, John Hurihanganui, Abe Hurihanganui, Dovey Taiaroa, Harata Solomon, Marjorie Rose, Mark Metekingi and Lani Tupu Snr., Hayley Rangi, Captain Ward Whaitiri, Erin Ketel and chorus at the State Opera House, Wellington.
A selection of scenes from each of the four acts have been commercially recorded on PRA 2331 and non-commercial cassette.