Guitar goes to the Opera!

Between June 4th-7th, 2008 I performed at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in the world premiere of Jeff Galea's Opera "Wounding Song".

Playing guitar at the opera.

Guitar fans would find the work of interest because the Opera features guitar as the central instrument in the orchestra! This is possibly a world first for an opera. In the hands of capable composers like Jeff Galea the guitar has a bright future!


  • Peter Inglis - classical guitar
  • David Vance - Keyboards: Harp parts
  • John McKenna - Keyboards: String pads
  • Ilir Merxushe - Cello
  • Sarah Moire - Violin
  • Kate Delahunty - Viola
  • Flute: Suzanne Cowan
  • Oboe: David Papp
  • Clarinet: Brian Martin
  • Ricky Arraiza - Tubular Bells, Gong, Tympani, Wind Chimes, Tam Tam
In front of me, controlling all of this, and coordinating us with 22 people singing, dancing and acting - Conductor and Musical Director:
  • Houston Dunleavy.