Batavia is an opera in three acts and a prologue by Richard Mills to a libretto by Peter Goldsworthy, commissioned by Opera Australia. The plot is based on the historical events surrounding the Dutch sailing ship Batavia.
The opera premiered on 11 May 2001 at the State Theatre (Melbourne) for the Centenary of Federation Festival. It received three Helpmann Awards and six Green Room Awards. The work lasts for about three hours and ten minutes with one interval. The CD recording was captured at the State Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, on the 11 & 13 May 2001.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere cast, 11 May 2001
Conductor: Richard Mills
|Francis Pelsaert, commander||bass||Bruce Martin|
|Gijsbert Bastiensz, preacher||baritone||John Bolton-Wood|
|Wiebbe Hayes, provost||tenor||Barry Ryan|
|Jeronimus Cornelisz, undermerchant||baritone||Michael Lewis|
|Conraat van Huyssen, nobleman/company cadet||tenor||Jamie Allen|
|Lucretia Jansz||soprano||Anke Höppner|
|Zwaantie Hendricx, Lucretia's maid||soprano||Emma Matthews|
|Maria Bastiensz, the preacher's wife||mezzo-soprano||Elizabeth Campbell|
|Judit, the preacher's daughter||soprano||Joanne Blankfield|
|Willem, Judit's younger brother||boy soprano||Bill Dodd|
|Caspar, Wiebbe Hayes' son||boy soprano||Mark Casey|
|Bessel, Wiebbe Hayes' son||boy soprano||Christopher Toohey|
Parer, Damien. "Film: The Wreck of the Batavia (1973) by Bruce Beresford". australianscreen. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-09-11.
- "Australian Music Centre Catalogue". Australian Music Centre. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
- Opera Australia (2006). "Batavia". Retrieved 2007-09-11.
- Whipping up a storm, composing Batavia: an interview with Richard Mills / Anna Goldsworthy. In: Context (Summer 2000/2001), Issue: 20, 43-50 
For a synopsis and review of the Melbourne premiere performance, see
For a synopsis and review of the Perth performance, see
For Bruce Martin's reflections on creating the role of Francisco Pelsaert, see