Carriageworks to Present ‘earth.voice.body’

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Zan Wimberley

“earth.voice.body” will be presented by Carriageworks from Sept. 28 – Oct. 7.

The triple bill of new solo works by resident company Sydney Chamber Opera features a new Australian work, a radical interpretation of a 20th century classic, and a major work by a leading 21st century international composer. The program is reflects the major musical and dramatic achievements of Sydney Chamber Opera.

“The Shape of the Earth” based on Australian writer Patrick White’s seminal novel “Voss,” leads the program. Composed by Artistic Director Jack Symonds and Pierce Wilcox, the work will be directed by the company’s frequent collaborator Alexander Berlage and performed by Paris-based vocalist Mitchell Riley.

The second solo work is “La voix humaine” by French composer Francis Poulenc based on the play of the same name by Jean Cocteau. Award-winning director, composer, and sound designer Clemence Williams serves as director. Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko solos.

Closing the program is “Quatre instants” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, with libretto in French by Amin Maalouf. Australian mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds performs the song cycle in four movements. Williams stages the piece.