The Second Hurricane

by Aaron Copland

A group of teenagers impulsively set out to make heroes of themselves when disaster strikes a nearby town. They soon find they are of no use, and when the storm returns, they are helpless.

A cunning fable about fostering a sense of collective identity in a world obsessed with individuality.


Direction / Movement – Alastair Clark.
Conductor – Angus Grant.

The Second Hurricane was performed October 2017 at Horti Hall. Presented by Victorian Opera. Photos: Charlie Kinross.


“The stage direction by Alastair Clark is imaginative and beautifully choreographed… the standard of musicianship and stagecraft is outstanding.” – Classic Melbourne

“Youth’s adventurous spirit is on full display… a musical parable with a Marxist-influenced social message of solidarity… eye-catching style… The Second Hurricane entices visually and showcases the strength and discipline of our young local singers marvellously.” –  Herald Sun

“Exquisitely sung… ostensibly a simple tale but one which nimbly conveys its potent message… Clark has adopted a bold, clear directorial style… each [singer] gives a very strong performance, matching the quality of their singing with the strength of their acting.” – Simon Parris

“Cleverly worked out and executed – Alastair Clark should be commended for this. Well worth a look for those interested in the future of opera.” – Stage Whispers