A Double Bill of: 

Diary of One Who Disappeared
by Leoš Janáček

Fumeblind Oracle
by Huw Belling &
Pierce Wilcox

World Premiere
View the program here

Written in the aftermath of World War I, Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s Diary of One Who Disappeared is a lacerating song cycle of delusion and illicit desire centred on a man who would abandon everything for forbidden love. Troubling and sensual, it has never been staged in Australia – until now.

And there’s more. In response to Janáček’s masterpiece, SCO’s Huw Belling (Victory Over the Sun) spins out the tale, taking it new and dangerous depths in the world premiere of Fumeblind Oracle, a partner piece in which the lone woman moves from love poetry to god-guided violence.

Inspired by Sappho and Homer’s Iliad, a new libretto by Pierce Wilcox (Oscar & Lucinda) breaks expectation to pieces and builds a real, breathing person from the shards while director Alexander Berlage, acclaimed for American Psycho and Cry-Baby applies his electric visual style to this remarkable diptych. 

& Lighting Design
Alexander Berlage

Set & Costume Design
Jeremy Allen

Sound Design
Benjamin Carey

Bernadette Fam

Andrew Goodwin
Jessica O’Donoghue

Jack Symonds

Amy Hack
Chemon Theys

This production is proudly supported by Kim Williams AM
and was developed as part of Carriageworks 2020
In Development Program.

The staging of Diary of One Who Disappeared was commissioned by Sydney Opera House, enabled by Prof Ross Steele AM.

Piano sponsored by Kawai Pianos, Australia.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the NSW Government through Create NSW.



Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh


70 minutes

Press Reviews

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"Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared is given an exquisite staging before a bold new work tears it to shreds in this intelligent and entertaining double bill from Sydney Chamber Opera."
The Sydney Morning Herald
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"'Thought provoking and excellent': Future Remains is a rich musical work."

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