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poem for a dried up river

Photo by Lisa Tomasetti
Limelight
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"Jane Sheldon gives a gripping performance in a work that resonates powerfully with the climate crisis."
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“The work explored elemental metaphors – life from clay, water and the feminine, the earth and the spirit, darkness and light.”
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future remains

The Diary of One Who Disappeared, Image by Craig Wall
Limelight
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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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Breaking Glass

Breaking Glass, Photo by Dan Boud
Limelight
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"..This is a major achievement and another feather in the cap of Australia’s most inspirational modern opera company."
ArtsHub
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“Sydney Chamber Opera creates a riveting online experience with works by four female composers.”
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Though conceived as a live rather than virtual experience, the internet version retained the creative energy and originality.
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Oscar & Lucinda

Oscar and Lucinda, Photo by Zan Wimberley
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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La Passion de simone

La Passion de Simone, Image by Mike Daly
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“glowing pristine beauty and transcendent iridescence”
TimeOut
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“Bold, uncompromising and musically spectacular… thrilling, mesmerising…extraordinarily rich and rewarding; sensual, strident and stinging.”
Realtime
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“Once again I’m deeply grateful to Sydney Chamber Opera for staging a work I knew of but never expected to see and which has provoked thinking about opera and form, politics and faith”
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Resonant bodies festival

Resonant Bodies Festival, Photo by Zan Wimberley
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“…a thoughtful and hugely impressive co-creation… an outstanding tour-de-force of nuanced vocal flexibility, dissembling characterisation and physical theatre.”

The Howling Girls

The Howling Girls, Photo by Zan WImberley
TimeOut
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“This is the pinnacle of their [Sydney Chamber Opera’s] daring provocations and an essential work for anybody wanting to experience the cutting edge of the operatic art form.”
Audrey Journal
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"...The Howling Girls coils around the listener like some impossibly ancient Siren song.”
The Sydney Morning Herald
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“… a remarkable tour-de-force”
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The Rape of Lucretia

The Rape of Lucretia, Photo by Zan Wimberley
TimeOut
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“Musically, and in terms of its visual design, the production is unequivocally strong. All eight soloists are well cast and sing very, very well.”
Sydney Morning Herald
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“… a cogently fresh look at a rich though problematic piece.”
Bachtrack
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“… there was excellence throughout the entire eight-person cast.”
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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.