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David Symons

(b Melbourne, May 3, 1917; d March 29, 1999). Australian composer. He received his early musical tuition from his father. After active naval service during World War II he studied at the Melbourne University Conservatorium, graduating in composition in 1950. He undertook further study from 1950 to 1952 in London, Manchester, Paris and Florence. From 1953 to 1973 he lived in Perth, dividing his time mainly between composition and journalism. From 1947 to 1950 he was musical director of the National Opera and Ballet in Melbourne: later he was instrumental in the foundation, in Perth, of the Western Australian Ballet (1953) and Opera (1967) companies. He taught at the NSW Conservatorium and the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education from 1974 to 1982. His interest in music-theatre has been reflected in the composition of many operas and ballets, the most notable success perhaps being the opera ...