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Presented by Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks in association with Australian String Quartet and Ensemble Offspring
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The ancient and contemporary collide in this world premiere opera based on the world’s oldest poem and featuring opera’s most cutting-edge artists.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is humanity’s oldest epic written poem. Emerging from ancient Mesopotamian mythology, it tells of a restless young king who, through experiences of love and loss, becomes a better person. His unexpected love for a half-man, half-animal leads him wide-eyed into mysterious realms.
Gilgamesh’s story sings to us across millennia, and this brand-new opera uncovers all that remains strikingly relevant: its approach to mortality, sexuality and our relationship with nature. This is the first opera in English based upon this foundational part of civilisation.
Composed by Sydney Chamber Opera Artistic Director Jack Symonds and brought to Carriageworks’ vast performance space by visionary director Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company’s The Picture of Dorian Gray), Gilgamesh is an epic that must be experienced.
Singing scorpions share the stage with a Bull of Heaven and oracles interpreting the flood which swept the Earth.
This is Opera Australia’s first collaboration with Sydney Chamber Opera, a company renowned for presenting “an astonishing new vision of what contemporary opera can achieve” (Time Out). Two outstanding chamber music ensembles bring a collective virtuosity to this colourful new score: Australian String Quartet and Ensemble Offspring.
Symonds conducts a cast of Australian contemporary opera specialists. Jeremy Kleeman and Mitchell Riley play Gilgamesh and the beast Enkidu, joined by Jane Sheldon, Jessica O’Donoghue and Daniel Szesiong Todd.
Thu 26 Sep 2024, 7.30pmSat 28 Sep 2024, 3pmMon 30 Sep, 7.30pmWed 2 Oct, 7.30pmFri 4 Oct, 7.30pmSat 5 Oct, 7.30pm
Jack Symonds | ComposerLouis Garrick | LibrettoJack Symonds | ConductorKip Williams | DirectorElizabeth Gadsby | Set and Costume DesignerAmelia Lever-Davidson | Lighting DesignerBenjamin Carey | Electronics & Sound Designer
Jeremy Kleeman | GilgameshMitchell Riley | EnkiduJane Sheldon | Ishtar/ScorpionJessica O’Donoghue | Shamhat/Uta-Napishti/ScorpionDaniel Szesiong Todd | Humbaba/Ur-ShanabiAustralian String QuartetEnsemble Offspring
Duration approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval. Performed in English with surtitles.
All Impermanence performances will comply with individual venue COVID-19 safety protocols that are in place at the time of performance.
The Australian String Quartet acknowledge the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the lands on which we work and live across Australia. We pay our respects to Elders of the past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land and their continued living culture.
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