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Oscar and Lucinda

Opera in two acts

Music by Elliott Gyger
Libretto by Pierce Wilcox
after the Novel by Peter Carey

World premiere

A co-production and co-commission of Sydney Chamber Opera, Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera

Peter Carey’s beloved novel is one of our nation’s artistic triumphs, winner of the Booker and Miles Franklin Awards. Elliott Gyger is the composer who gave World War I phantasmagoric life in Fly Away Peter. In May 2019, he reunites with librettist Pierce Wilcox to transform Carey’s kaleidoscopic tale into a new landmark of Australian opera, directed by internationally acclaimed Patrick Nolan.

She is an orphaned proto-feminist industrialist; he believes he is touched by God. They have nothing in common- except their maddening addiction to gambling. She calls it chance; he calls it providence. Oscar and Lucinda find each other in colonial-era Sydney, and nothing will keep them apart. Until they are torn by a wild dream: to build a cathedral of pure glass, and walk it into the Australian outback.

Oscar and Lucinda is a bonfire of the passions within every human soul. It is impossible, romantic, and visionary.

Like a church made of glass.

Photography: Samuel Hodge

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director
  • Patrick Nolan
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Anna Tregloan
  • Lighting Design
  • Damien Cooper
  • With
  • Jessica Aszodi, Brenton Spiteri, Jeremy Kleeman, Simon Lobelson, Mitchell Riley, Jane Sheldon
  • Assistant Director
  • Constantine Costi
  • Date & Time
  • 8pm Sat 27, Mon 29, Tue 30 July, Thu 1, Fri 2, Sat 3 August 2019
  • Venue
  • Carriageworks Bay 20, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh
  • Duration
  • 2 hours, 30 minutes including one 20 minute interval
  • Tickets
  • $35 Available here
  • Acknowledgements
  • SCO thanks the Oscar and Lucinda Production Circle for their support of this ambitious work:

    Production Partners ($15,000+)
    Martin and Susie Dickson, Kim Williams AM

    Principal Artist Partners ($10,000- $14,999)
    Anonymous (1), Meredith Brooks, Neil Burns,
    Penelope Seidler AO, Christine Williams &
    The Macquarie Foundation

    Artist Partners ($5,000- $9,999)
    John Barrer, John Kaldor AO, Jane Mathews AO,
    The Russel Mills Foundation, Prof Di Yerbery AO
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