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La Belle Helene ( Helen of Troy) by Offenbach

Starred Suzanne Steele and Robert Gard. With Ian Cousins, Peter Cox, Maureen Howard, Halina Nieckarz, Barry Skelton, Russell Smith, Gerald Stern and John Wood. Directed by Betty Pounder, Designed by Kenneth Rowell. Conductor Richard Divall. Chorus and Orchestra of the Victoria State Opera. Eight performances in the Princess Theatre, Melbourne March 1977
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Kenneth Rowell costume design for La Belle Helene

L’Orfeo by Monteverdi

Starred Ian Cousins as Orfeo and Halina Nieckarz as Eurydice. With Kerry Brown. Janet Dawson, Joan Thomas, Ariel Saltmarsh, John Marum, Hartley Newnham and Jack Lunn. Directed by VSO Artistic Director, Robin Lovejoy, Designed by Maree Menzel. Conductor Richard Divall. Chorus and Orchestra of the Victoria State Opera. Three performances in the Princess Theatre, Melbourne July 1977

St Cecilia Concert

Excerpts from

Vivaldi’s ‘Judith Triumphans’

Handel’s ‘Xerxes’ and ‘Rinaldo’

With Joan Carden, Nance Grant, Lauris Elms,Halina Nieckarz, Graeme Wall and Ian Cousins. Staging devised by Robin Lovejoy. Conductor Richard Divall. Chorus of the Victoria State Opera and the Concentus Musicus of Melbourne. Two performances in the Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne October 1977

Pelleas and Melisande by Debussy

Starring Graeme Wall and Yvonne Kenny. With Brian Hansford, Halina Nieckarz and Ian Cousins. Directed by Robin Lovejoy. Designed by Kenneth Rowell. Conductor Richard Divall. Chorus and Orchestra of the Victoria State Opera. Three performances in the Princess Theatre, Melbourne November 1977

The early VSO made its reputation on producing works that were rarely performed: in 1978 they did Idomeneo, & in 1979, Margaret Haggart returned from the UK to be part of La Clemenza DI Tito with Lauris Elms as the superb Sextus, Gerald English, Ian Cousins, Isobel Veale, Halina Niekarz (Moretti-Pananti), conducted by Richard Divall, Director- Anthony Besch & Designer- John Stoddart. Patrons used to fly interstate to catch up with these rarities.

The Age Jan 31 1977http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19770131&id=MuBUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=R5IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6632%2C6507640

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