1990 Linda was inspired to write an opera about Joan of Arc. Linda
had always identified with Joan, and was inspired by her courage
and strength as a woman to fight against the odds, for a cause she
believed was just and fair.
composed a previous musical, Linda knew it would be a huge task
to write an opera with continuous music. There are few Australian
composers who have taken on this enormous task. With that in mind
Linda resigned from full-time music teaching to write "D'Arc."
She began work on the songs and musical score based on parts of
Joan's life and approached a number of people to write the libretto
with no success. Elisabetta, who had written a book on this period,
approached Linda to write the Libretto. Linda and Elisabetta both
felt it was time for Saint Joan to be portrayed as the strong and
woman she was.
has written the song melodies, harmonies musical score and the orchestral
sequences in a modern vein influenced by music of the 15th Century,
which she studied extensively at the University of NSW. At the NSW
Conservatorium of Music she majored in classical guitar to
AMUSA level with minor studies in string, wind, brass instruments,
piano, voice and movement.
Linda has a Bachelor of Education in Music. She has performed, composed
and conducted for musical theatre, vocal ensembles, rock bands,
and instrumental ensembles. Her expertise has seen her
perform at the Opera House, on ABC Radio and she has sung with the
is currently studying orchestration for film music and composing
and arranging popular songs.