World Premiere Co-presented with Carriageworks
Quadruple bill of
Her Dark Marauder by Georgia Scott
Commute by Peggy Polias
The Tent by Josephine Macken
The Invisible Bird by Bree van Reyk
Read the Directors’ & Composers’ notes here
Four women weave new worlds from music.
Women have always starred in opera, but with the contours of their lives scored by men. In Breaking Glass, the brilliant composers Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk, seize the stage and share the stories they have always wanted to tell.
In partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program, SCO presents a quadruple bill of their new one-act operas.
Commute transforms the saga of Odysseus into the prickling unease of a modern woman’s walk home at night. The Tent creates a landscape of pulsating terror from Margaret Atwood’s knife-sharp prose and the tiniest fragments of wounded sound. In Her Dark Marauder, Sylvia Plath’s poetry inspires a woman’s battle for her identity in a spirit-crushing world. The Invisible Bird takes the true story of a rare breed of Australian parrot struggling for survival and renders it a dazzling journey to emancipation.
These world premieres are directed by Clemence Williams and Artistic Associate Danielle Maas, two women determined to smash open an expanse of possibility for operatic storytelling.
Breaking Glass is a new future for opera.
Photography by Daniel Boud
Set & Costume Design
Writer & Dramaturg
‘The Tent’ is proudly supported by & dedicated to
Penelope Seidler AM
‘Commute’ is proudly supported by & dedicated to
Prof Di Yerbury AO
Martin Dickson AM & Susie Dickson
The Johnson Family Foundation through the Myer Foundation
The Russel Mills Foundation
The Sydney Community Foundation’s Women Composers Fund and its associated donors
Jim Alexander & Kathir Ponnusamy
Andrew Andersons AO
Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
1 hour 20 minutes