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Press

The Howling Girls

“This is the pinnacle of their [Sydney Chamber Opera’s] daring provocations and an essential work for anybody wanting to experience the cutting edge of the operatic art form.”

TimeOut

“… a remarkable tour-de-force”

Sydney Morning Herald

“Sheldon’s command of pure and profane vocal sounds is remarkable. Her stamina likewise. In cahoots with musical director Jack Symonds’ theremin, electronic treatments developed by Ricketson and sound designer Bob Scott, and a mini-orchestra of shrieking Inca death whistles, it is overwhelming. The Howling Girls coils around the listener like some impossibly ancient Siren song.”

Audrey Journal

The Rape of Lucretia

“Musically, and in terms of its visual design, the production is unequivocally strong. All eight soloists are well cast and sing very, very well.”

TimeOut

“… a cogently fresh look at a rich though problematic piece.”

Sydney Morning Herald

“… there was excellence throughout the entire eight-person cast.”

Bachtrack

Biographica

“Inventive, engaging, stimulating and moving, Biographica is an outstanding new opera. It deserves regular performances as well as a permanent place in the repertory.”

The Australian

“A triumphant level of achievement is what Sydney has come to routinely expect from the SCO; this premiere of a much-anticipated work… shows they are now a significant national cultural asset.”

TimeOut

“a dark, vividly realised portrayal of a fascinatingly intelligent yet flawed character”

Limelight

Notes from Underground (2016)

“A striking and impressive new operatic voice”

Sydney Morning Herald

“thoughtful, compelling music drama, powerfully staged and finely sung…deserves to be taken up at international level”

Limelight

“A characteristically ravishing production”

TimeOut

“a deeply compelling, finely composed, written, directed, designed and performed work”

RealTime

Victory Over the Sun

“The best thing at the Biennale”

TimeOut

“brimming over with invention”

RealTime

O Mensch!

45stars
“a profound work…it exemplified that group’s ethos to perfection”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“utterly compelling”

Bachtrack

“superbly integrated singing and acting”

RealTime

Passion

“a thrilling ornament to the Sydney Festival…a wonderful next step for Sydney Chamber Opera”

Stagenoise

“an engrossing introduction to a significant work”

RealTime

“Such opportunities to catch challenging musical fare are to be applauded in these risk averse times”

Limelight Magazine

An Index of Metals

5stars
“This is audacious, arresting and original work of the sort we have come to expect from these artists even as they retain the capacity to surprise”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“A thrilling and visionary work”

The Australian

“more than the sum of its parts and well worth the experience.”

Limelight Magazine

Fly Away Peter

45stars
“A work of beauty and meaning”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“An impressive achievement”

The Australian

“An unqualified triumph”

Limelight

“Memorable…An intense, symbol-rich reflection”

Bachtrack

“Masterful”

The Conversation

“A work of dramatic and musical integrity”

Crickey

“Uncompromising vision”

TimeOut

“Intelligence, imagination, and fidelity to the work [makes] great theatre”

Australian Book Review

“A triumph for contemporary opera”

Partial Durations

“Changing how we see opera”

Concrete Playground

Mayakovksy

45stars

The Sydney Morning Herald

“Thrillingly theatrical”

The Australian

“Another feather in the cap…of one of Australia’s most adventurous opera companies”

Limelight

His Music Burns

5stars

Bachtrack

“Again, Sydney Chamber Opera has presented important modern works with brilliant economy, clarity and utterly engaging directness”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“A masterclass in dramatic economy and cohesion”

Limelight

Exil

“Once again Sydney Chamber Opera bring something important and rare to the stage, proving there’s plenty of life in the artform yet.”

Limelight

“Undeniable power and poignancy”

Bachtrack

“Punches above its weight”

The Sydney Morning Herald

Owen Wingrave

“There was no weak link anywhere”

The Australian

“A compelling and tautly structured dramatic statement”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“Potent, intimate music drama”

Limelight

“A perfect marriage of form and content, and about as good as a night at the opera gets. ”

TimeOut

Climbing Toward Midnight

“Simmers with emotional intensity”

The Australian

“A company sparkling with ideas”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“Another fascinating production”

Bachtrack

The Lighthouse

“A vital, self-questioning theatrical experience that goes to the heart of what opera ought to be”

Sydney Morning Herald

“A force to be reckoned with”

The Australian

“Thrilling intensity”

Limelight

“The company seems to have hit a winning formula”

Bachtrack

“Exceptionally well directed…You will not be able to look away for an instant”

Artshub

“A virtually unparalleled feat of theatre, faultlessly realised by this potent company”

Crikey

I Have Had Enough

“An object lesson in the creation of arresting theatre”

Sydney Morning Herald

In the Penal Colony

“It is a tribute to the Sydney Chamber Opera… that in Philip Glass’s 75th year one of this true innovator’s operas has finally been performed in Sydney”

Sydney Morning Herald

“Yet another phenomenal success for the relatively new, edgy and vibrant Sydney Chamber Opera. Long may they flourish…”

Operainsider

“As gripping as it is haunting”

Aussietheatre

The Cunning Little Vixen

“Lively minds, promising voices and a clear musical and theatrical vision”

Sydney Morning Herald

“The Vixen is cunning and so is this production.”

StageNoise

“A big ol’ wintertime hug”

TimeOut

“Sydney Chamber Opera continues to give opera a makeover”

Artshub

“The cast impresses across the board”

Theatrepeople

Notes from Underground

“From every point of view – artistic, musical, theatrical and logistical – this was an ambitious undertaking, impressively realised…Gripping and earthy…it was an auspicious launch”

Sydney Morning Herald

“A brave and triumphant debut for Sydney Chamber Opera.”

Limelight Magazine

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