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OSCAR AND LUCINDA @ CARRIAGEWORKS

Production photography by Zan Wimberley

OSCAR AND LUCINDA , the latest production by Sydney Chamber Opera is co- produced and commissioned by Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera. Based on the book by Peter Carey with music by Elliott Gyger and libretto by Pierce Wilcox it is a strong , striking production with wonderful performances.

The book subverts and questions Australian colonialism and society using misfits Oscar and Lucinda as a prism for analysis. We follow the two main characters growing up – while Lucinda’s in Australia, on purloined land, Oscar’s is in England where a dominating, complicated relationship with his father and a troubled calling to be a minister mean Oscar becomes a restless, rather tormented adult. They first meet at the end of Act 1 in a terrific climax. We see how the two of them are brought together by their compulsive gambling that ultimately leads to their destruction.

Gyger’s. intricate, challenging score as played by the dynamic orchestra conducted by Jack Symonds is complicated and while not quite atonal is quite definitely modernist – mostly sharp and spiky but with some quieter lyrical passages and some fractured, recurring motifs. Continue reading OSCAR AND LUCINDA @ CARRIAGEWORKS

SYDNEY PREMIERE OF RESONANT BODIES, AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NEW VOCAL MUSIC

This image: Ariadne Greif, Photo- Bruce Kung
Featured image: RESONANT BODIES: Photo- Phil Erbacher

American, Indonesian, Swedish-Ethiopian and Australian artists will present work that illuminates the shape-shifting power of the human voice in RESONANT BODIES presented by the Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks, in association with Resonant Bodies (USA).  This is the first Sydney iteration of RESONANT BODIES, an international festival of new vocal music founded in New York in 2013 by American singer Lucy Dhegrae.

This exclusive Australian event presents six dynamic vocalists across two nights on 31 August and 1 September. Swedish- Ethiopian composer-improviser Sofia Jernberg, Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, New York soprano Ariadne Greif, and Australian vocalists Mitchell Riley, Deborah Kayser and Sonya Holowell are invited to curate and perform in their own 45-minute sets, with no restrictions on repertoire, format, or style. Continue reading SYDNEY PREMIERE OF RESONANT BODIES, AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NEW VOCAL MUSIC