Australian premiere

by Giya Kancheli

Internationally acclaimed soprano Jane Sheldon joins Sydney Chamber Opera to perform a transcendentally haunting monodrama, Exil. Contemporary Georgian composer Giya Kancheli originally conceived his 1994 song cycle as a concert work, not for the stage. A setting of Biblical Psalms alongside post-Holocaust poetry by Paul Celan and Hans Sahl, it is an abstract twentieth-century drama of the soul in the face of unspeakable horror.

Melbourne’s Adena Jacobs stunned audiences when she staged an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona in 2012 for her company Fraught Outfit (restaged for Belvoir in August 2013) with The Monthly describing it as “stylishly austere, confronting and deeply intelligent.” Jacobs makes her music-lead theatre debut by staging Exil, creating a performance that is at once intimate and cosmic.

Jack Symonds

Adena Jacobs

Set & Costume Design
Eugyeene Teh

Lighting Design
Katie Sfetkidis

Jane Sheldon

Lucy Warren
Emma Jardine
James Wannan
Thomas Rann
Steven Adler
Jane Bishop

These performances of Exil by Giya Kancheli are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Schott Music Ltd of Mainz



Track 8, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh


60 minutes

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“Once again Sydney Chamber Opera bring something important and rare to the stage, proving there’s plenty of life in the artform yet.”
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“Undeniable power and poignancy”
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“Punches above its weight”

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