By Jack Symonds
2013 is the bicentenary of Richard Wagner’s birth, and opera companies around the world are performing his towering music dramas to mark the occasion. Sydney Chamber Opera has developed a more searching tribute: a living composer’s response to his controversial final work Parsifal.
Jack Symonds’ Climbing Toward Midnight is based on Act II of the Wagner, and it explores the aborted romance between the two ill-matched main characters, Parsifal and Kundry. It uses Wagner’s text, however, Symonds’ intimate chamber score is a totally new composition.
Climbing Toward Midnight is a modern parable of obsession and desperation and does not require prior knowledge of Parsifal. Staged by colourful Israeli-Australian director Netta Yashchin, it is a 21st-century reflection on Wagner’s complex legacy.
Set & Costume Design
Mee Na Lojewski
Climbing Toward Midnight is co-commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Wagner Society in NSW.
Principal Sponsor: The Wagner Society in NSW
NIDA is a supporting partner of Sydney Chamber Opera