Presented by Phoenix Central Park

It is with deep regret that due to current Covid restrictions we have had to cancel the remaining performances of In Song presented by Phoenix Central Park.

We were able to film the performances and look forward to sharing these videos with you as soon as they are ready for release.

Thank you to all who reserved tickets and continue to support SCO during this challenging time.


Experience a month in the company of icons of sung modernism when Sydney Chamber Opera presents IN SONG:

Presented in a re-purposed Gothic church in Alexandria, this recital-installation is a series of four artsong programs tracing a journey from the dawn of musical expressionism to a diverse clutch of Australian and world premieres, illustrating where the form has found itself in the 21st century.

SCO’s adventurous and virtuosic singers Emily Edmonds, Anna Fraser, Simon Lobelson and Jane Sheldon will find common threads between composers, eras, styles and continents to craft a rare and comprehensive overview of the scintillating art of modern song.

Inside an evocative installation by artist Elizabeth Gadsby, these singers will illuminate a body of work indispensable to the artistic story of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Think artsong begins and ends at Schubert? Let IN SONG show you its recent past, present and future.

Program One
Jane Sheldon, soprano
Jack Symonds, piano

Pascal Dusapin Wolken (AP)
Mary Finsterer Nearing Circumpolar (WP)
György Kurtág Three Old Inscriptions (AP)
Gabriel Fauré La chanson d’Ève

Program Two
Anna Fraser, soprano
Jack Symonds, piano

György Kurtág Requiem for a friend (AP)
Lili Boulanger Dans l’immense triste
Luigi Dallapiccola Four poems of Antonio Machado (AP)
David Evans In my brain (WP)
Arnold Schoenberg The Book of the Hanging Gardens

Program Three
Emily Edmonds, mezzo soprano
Jack Symonds, piano

Francis Poulenc Banalités
Jack Symonds Nothing other than silence (WP)
Samuel Barber Hermit Songs
Kaija Saariaho Quatre instants (AP)

Program Four
Simon Lobelson, baritone
Jack Symonds, piano

Wolfgang Rihm Vermischter Traum (AP)
Maurice Ravel Histoires naturelles
Benjamin Britten Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

Installation Artist
Elizabeth Gadsby

WP= world premiere
AP= Australian premiere


Date & TIME

Sat June 12
5:30PM —  Jane Sheldon
7:30PM — Anna Fraser

Sat June 19
5:30PM — Emily Edmonds
7:30PM — Simon Lobelson

Cancelled Performances:

Sat June 26 / July 10
Simon Lobelson
Emily Edmonds

Sat July 3 / July 17
Anna Fraser
Jane Sheldon


‘The Church’
9 Mitchell Rd. Alexandria

4x 60 minute long programs, each
presented twice
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We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and perform. We honour their elders both past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.