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Ulla's Odyssey

a chamber opera in one act

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  50m
Instrumentation:  Minimum five singers (2 sops, mezzo, tenor and bass) doubling parts and ensemble work, but more singers can be used; solo piano accompaniment. Alternative instrumentation of piano + one reed player doubling flute, clarinet and tenor saxophone (instrumentation for London production) also available.

Year:  2012
Duration:  50m
Instrumentation  Minimum five singers (2 sop...

Composer:   Anthony Young

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 4, 5, 10, 11, 20, 21, 35, and 49 of score

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Incorporating puppetry and other stage magic, this family-friendly opera takes its inspiration from two disparate sources: Homer’s Odyssey, and the epic journeys of modern-day youngsters like Laura Dekker and Jessica Watson who have solo-sailed around the world.

Ulla is a fifteen-year old girl on the home stretch of a solo circumnavigation on her sailboat, The Homer, accompanied only by Binnacle, her trusty cat. Tired, ragged, and lonesome, she has yet to confront the most fearsome obstacles of her journey...

Please note: This is a grand right work. Permission for performance must be obtained from the copyright holders.

An archive video of the London production is available for perusal from the composer. Contact

Commissioned note

Winner of the open category of the Opera Factory (Auckland) Composition Competition 2012 (first version), winner of the Flourish Opera Competition 2014 with OperaUpClose (London, UK).

Contents note

a one-act opera in 10 scenes

Text note

Libretto by Leanna Brodie