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Presented by Sydney Festival in association with Ensemble Offspring

Music & Concept by Mary Finsterer
Libretto by Tom Wright

World premiere

Sydney Chamber Opera continues their pioneering development of the new opera canon with Biographica by Australian composer Mary Finsterer with a libretto by Tom Wright. Biographica is an intricate dance of genius and madness, inspired by the life and demise of Renaissance polymath Gerolamo Cardano.

Cardano was a magnificent and eccentric mind – a prolific inventor and flawed father, solitary, aggressive, peculiar. A man who would listen to a guardian angel, swear by science, and dream of defeating time. He wrote the first texts on the mathematics of gambling, was a world-renowned surgeon, invented algebra, and was a pioneer of sign-language. Leading Australian actor Mitchell Butel stars in this fascinating role, with Finsterer’s music reflecting the piercing beauty of the Renaissance much like maniera painting; rich, florid, bold.

Malthouse’s resident director Janice Muller unites with SCO to develop this extraordinary interrogation of the mind and the soul.

Photography: Dean Golja

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director
  • Janice Muller
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Charles Davis
  • Lighting Design
  • Matt Cox
  • AV Design
  • James Brown
  • Creative Consultant
  • Matthew Lutton
  • With
  • Mitchell Butel, Jane Sheldon, Simon Lobelson, Andrew Goodwin, Anna Fraser, Jessica O'Donoghue and musicians from Ensemble Offspring
  • Dates
  • 7.30pm Sat 7, Sun 8, Mon 9, Weds 11, Thurs 12, Fri 13 January 2017
  • Venue
  • Carriageworks Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
  • Tickets
  • $41/46 Available Here

    Anna Fraser appears courtesy of the Song Company
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