Presented by Sydney Festival in association
with Ensemble Offspring
Music & Concept by Mary Finsterer
Libretto by Tom Wright
Sydney Chamber Opera continues their pioneering development of the new opera canon with Biographica by Australian composer Mary Finsterer with a libretto by Tom Wright. Biographica is an intricate dance of genius and madness, inspired by the life and demise of Renaissance polymath Gerolamo Cardano.
Cardano was a magnificent and eccentric mind – a prolific inventor and flawed father, solitary, aggressive, peculiar. A man who would listen to a guardian angel, swear by science, and dream of defeating time. He wrote the first texts on the mathematics of gambling, was a world-renowned surgeon, invented algebra, and was a pioneer of sign-language. Leading Australian actor Mitchell Butel stars in this fascinating role, with Finsterer’s music reflecting the piercing beauty of the Renaissance much like maniera painting; rich, florid, bold.
Malthouse’s resident director Janice Muller unites with SCO to develop this extraordinary interrogation of the mind and the soul.
Set & Costume Design
Anna Fraser appears courtesy of the Song Company
Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh