Australian premiere

Presented by Sydney Festival

Music by Pascal Dusapin
Libretto by Pascal Dusapin & Rita de Letteriis

World-renowned soloists Elise Caluwaerts and Wiard Witholt live out the doomed voyage of mythology’s greatest lovers in this staging by European icon Pierre Audi.

Passion is a 21st-century take on Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo from the leading French composer of his generation- Pascal Dusapin, renowned for his supple melodies, complex textures and mastery of the human voice.

Pierre Audi


Jack Symonds

Revival Director
Miranda Lakerveld

Lighting Design

Nicholas Rayment

Elise Caluwaerts
Wiard Witholt

Vocal Ensemble
Jane Sheldon
Ellen Hooper
Anna Fraser
Andrew Goodwin
Mitchell Riley
Simon Lobelson

Alex Norton
Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba
James Wannan
Mee Na Lojewski
Jaan Pallandi
Jane Bishop
Ben Opie
Ngaire de Korte
Peter Smith
Susan Newsome
Jack Schiller
Michael Wray
Tristram Williams
Matthew Harrison
Genevieve Lang
Zubin Kanga
Jem Harding

These performances of Passion by Pascal Dusapin are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Editions Salabert of Paris



City Recital Hall
2 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000


90 minutes

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“a thrilling ornament to the Sydney Festival…a wonderful next step for Sydney Chamber Opera”

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