Slide 1

Notes from Underground

Music by Jack Symonds
Libretto by Pierce Wilcox

One hundred and fifty years ago, a troubled author railed against a world that twisted every decent impulse into weakness and every meaningful thought into paradox. Six years ago, a young composer had the impulse to tell this story with music, and the thought that opera could be as aggressive and modern as any artform.

The first was Fyodor Dostoevsky. The second was Sydney Chamber Opera’s co-founder and current artistic director Jack Symonds. The work is Notes from Underground, and its brief first blossoming established SCO as a “force to be reckoned with”. This year, the Underground Man lives again.

Notes from Underground is the Russian spirit reborn with Australian vigour. It is bursting with intellectual savagery and foiled joy. It is a wild scream heard through a dead snowfall. It is an opera made of every brilliant thought you have almost had and every declaration of passion you have almost made. Sydney Chamber Opera revisits their history-making debut in a brand new production for the Carriageworks stage.

Photography: Samuel Hodge

Cast & Creative Biographies

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director
  • Patrick Nolan
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Genevieve Blanchett
  • Lighting Design
  • Nicholas Rayment
  • With
  • Simon Lobelson, Brenton Spiteri, Jane Sheldon
  • Dates
  • 8pm Sat 13, Mon 15, Weds 17, Fri 19, Sat 20 August 2016
  • Venue
  • Carriageworks Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
  • Tickets
  • $35 Available here
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