The season of Sydney Chamber Opera: Breaking Glass was not able to proceed due to COVID-19. A film of the performance in rehearsal will be released on the Carriageworks Journal in the coming weeks to watch free online. Read The Sound of Breaking Glass to hear from the four composers whose voices are essential as opera moves through the 21st century.

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.


Composers: Peggy Polias, Josephine Macken, Bree van Reyk & Georgia Scott

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women Program.

Image Samuel Hodge 2019

Sat 28 Mar, 8pm
Tue 31 Mar, 8pm
Wed 1 Apr, 8pm
Fri 3 Apr, 8pm
Sat 4 Apr, 8pm

$45 + fee

A transaction fee of $4.40 applies to all bookings.

This performance has General Admission Seating.

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.