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Biographica

Biographica. Photo by Lisa Tomasetti
The Australian
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“Inventive, engaging, stimulating and moving, Biographica is an outstanding new opera. It deserves regular performances as well as a permanent place in the repertory.”
TimeOut
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“A triumphant level of achievement is what Sydney has come to routinely expect from the SCO; this premiere of a much-anticipated work… shows they are now a significant national cultural asset.”
Limelight
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“a dark, vividly realised portrayal of a fascinatingly intelligent yet flawed character”
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notes from underground

Notes from Underground, Photo by Zan Wimberley
TimeOut
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“A characteristically ravishing production”
Limelight
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“thoughtful, compelling music drama, powerfully staged and finely sung…deserves to be taken up at international level”
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“A striking and impressive new operatic voice”
RealTime
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“a deeply compelling, finely composed, written, directed, designed and performed work”
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Victory over the sun

Victory Over The Sun, Photo by Biennale of Sydney
TimeOut
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“The best thing at the Biennale”
RealTime
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“brimming over with invention”
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Passion

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Australian Book Review
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“A triumph for Sydney Chamber Opera… a company that has redefined operatic performance in Sydney and Australia”
TimeOut
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“Sydney Chamber Opera has proven itself to be an essential company in Sydney’s arts landscape in its decade of operation, and Oscar and Lucinda is another feather in its cap.”
The Guardian
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“Musical vignettes that flash and bend like rainbows… setting your heart to new rhythms… a harmonic chase of caramel tones and prayer, and, thankfully, twists of wit and fun”
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O Mensch!

O Mensch! Photo by Lisa Tomasetti
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“a profound work…it exemplified that group’s ethos to perfection”
Bachtrack
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“utterly compelling”
RealTime
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“superbly integrated singing and acting”
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an index of metals

An Index of Metal, Photo by Zan Wimberley
Limelight
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“more than the sum of its parts and well worth the experience.”
The Australian
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“A thrilling and visionary work”
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“This is audacious, arresting and original work of the sort we have come to expect from these artists even as they retain the capacity to surprise”
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fly away peter

Fly Away Peter. Photo by Zan Wimberley
The Australian
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“An impressive achievement”
Limelight
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“An unqualified triumph”
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“A work of beauty and meaning”
Bachtrack
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“Memorable…An intense, symbol-rich reflection”
Crickey
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“A work of dramatic and musical integrity”
TimeOut
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“Uncompromising vision”
Australian Book Review
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“Intelligence, imagination, and fidelity to the work [makes] great theatre”
Partial Durations
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“A triumph for contemporary opera”
Concrete Playground
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“Changing how we see opera”
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mayakovsky

Mayakovsky, Photo by Zan Wimberley
The Sydney Morning Herald
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"Mayakovsky by Sydney Chamber Opera captures the manic anarchy of an unsustainable life"
Limelight
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“Another feather in the cap…of one of Australia’s most adventurous opera companies”
The Australian
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“Thrillingly theatrical”
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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.