Sydney Chamber Opera & Carriageworks to Team Up For ‘Breaking Glass’

By David Salazar

The Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks will team up to present “Breaking Glass” between March 28-April 4, 2020.

The showcase will feature four world premieres of operas by Australian female composers including “Commute” by Peggy Polias, “The Tent” by Josephine Macken, “Her Dark Marauder” by Georgia Scott, and “The Invisible”  by Bree van Reyk. The operas are all adapted from other texts or based on true stories.

Clemence Williams will directed “Commute” and “The Invisible” while Danielle Mass will take on “The Tent” and “Her Dark Maraudor.”

“Carriageworks is committed to presenting new work by Australian artists,” stated Carriageworks Director and CEO Blair French.” We are thrilled to present these innovative new works by women composers with one of the most exciting opera companies working in Australia today, Carriageworks’ resident company, Sydney Chamber Opera.”

“The stories these women are telling through this endlessly reinvented artform could not and would not be told anywhere else, by anyone else,” added Sydney Chamber Opera’s Artistic Director Jack Symonds.” Opera still has a long way to go in addressing its historical inequities, but this project is the natural outgrowth of SCO’s commitment to gender equality in the lead artists making our work. Quite apart from representation, most importantly the quality of the music, text and possibilities for drama afforded by these pieces is outstanding and it has been a great pleasure watching these works evolve into an exciting and diverse evening of genuinely new propositions for the future of opera.”