Capital is the working title of an opera for which Fiona Fraser of ANU Music School is writing the music, and I am contributing the libretto. Walter Burley and Marion Mahoney Griffin received news of the competition for Canberra’s plan on their honeymoon in June 1911, 100 years ago. In the five scenes that follow the one below, a comedy of troubled love and exaggerated town-planning, is played out, where historical persons are transposed and serenity is rescued for the human spirit.  Scene One:    (Walter works at a drawing table, dressed loosely for honeymoon, Marion enters, dressed ditto. Marion:…

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