Click here to watch the Facebook Premiere performance of Breaking Glass.

The performance commences at 7.30pm AEST, Sat 25 April. The video will appear automatically within Facebook at the time of the Premiere. Click ‘Get Reminder’ within the post to receive a notification before the Premiere begins.

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The season of Breaking Glass was not able to proceed due to COVID-19. 

In a quadruple bill of new one-act operas from provocative company Sydney Chamber Opera, four brilliant composers seize the stage and share the stories they have always wanted to tell.

The Tent creates a landscape of pulsating terror from Margaret Atwood’s knife-sharp prose.

Her Dark Marauder sees Sylvia Plath’s poetry inspire a woman’s battle for her identity.

Commute transforms the saga of Odysseus into the prickling unease of a modern woman’s walk home at night.

The Invisible Bird takes the true story of an endangered Australian parrot and renders it a dazzling journey to emancipation.

With works that open an expanse of possibilities in the form, Breaking Glass is a new future for opera.

Presented by Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera.

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.