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Breaking Glass – UPDATE

In line with the newly announced government ban on indoor gatherings of 100 or more people, the forthcoming season of Sydney Chamber Opera’s Breaking Glass has been cancelled. 

Our primary responsibility is the health, safety and wellbeing of our audiences, staff and artists.

The COVID-19 impact is far reaching, with catastrophic health and economic impacts on the broader Australian arts industry. Thousands of jobs are at stake and significant box office revenue will be lost as performances and exhibitions are cancelled. Please consider supporting Sydney Chamber Opera by donating the cost of your ticket if you have bought one to this production.

We wish you well during these difficult times and thank you for your loyalty, understanding and support.


Quadruple bill of

Commute  by Peggy Polias
The Tent  by Josephine Macken
Her Dark Marauder   by Georgia Scott
The Invisible Bird  by Bree van Reyk

world premiere

Four women weave new worlds from music.

Women have always starred in opera, but with the contours of their lives scored by men. In Breaking Glass, the brilliant composers Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Georgia Scott and Bree van Reyk, seize the stage and share the stories they have always wanted to tell.

In partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program, SCO presents a quadruple bill of their new one-act operas.

Commute transforms the saga of Odysseus into the prickling unease of a modern woman’s walk home at night. The Tent creates a landscape of pulsating terror from Margaret Atwood’s knife-sharp prose and the tiniest fragments of wounded sound. In Her Dark Marauder, Sylvia Plath’s poetry inspires a woman’s battle for her identity in a spirit-crushing world. The Invisible Bird takes the true story of a rare breed of Australian parrot struggling for survival and renders it a dazzling journey to emancipation.

These world premieres are directed by Clemence Williams and Artistic Associate Danielle Maas, two women determined to smash open an expanse of possibility for operatic storytelling.

Breaking Glass is a new future for opera.

Photography: Samuel Hodge

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Directors
  • Danielle Maas & Clemence Williams
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Charles Davis
  • Lighting Design
  • Alexander Berlage
  • AV Design
  • David Bergman
  • Writer & Dramaturg
  • Pierce Wilcox
  • With
  • Jessica O'Donoghue, Jane Sheldon, Simon Lobelson & Mitchell Riley
  • Acknowledgements
  • Breaking Glass is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts advisory body, and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

    Composing Women, a postgraduate composition program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney, provides professional development aimed at fostering and empowering women composers.
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