For one night only on Friday 31 August, Sydney Chamber Opera presents a collaboration with Australia’s most prestigious art festival, the Biennale of Sydney, in a new performance project that explores the art of songwriting in an immersive gallery setting, at the atmospheric Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay.

Created specially for the Biennale Bar, a pop-up bar in Pier 2/3 on Friday nights in August, ‘Through the Gates’ is a semi-staged song cycle that unfolds amid the dramatic installations of Belgian artist Honoré δ’O. Visitors can enjoy a drink and peruse the exhibition as they take in a selection of songs by some of history’s greatest songwriters, from Bach to Shostakovich. ‘Through the Gates’ is performed by three singers and three instrumentalists and is choreographed by Kip Williams, who returns to SCO fresh from directing Under Milk Wood for Sydney Theatre Company.

Jack Symonds

Kip Williams

Production Design

Michael Hankin

Lighting Design
Nicholas Rayment

Anna Dowsley
Emily Edmonds
Mitchell Riley
Madeleine Slaughter
Matt McGuigan



Biennale Bar
Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay


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We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. We honour their elders both past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.