A new Australian work, a radical interpretation of a 20th century classic, and a major work by a leading 21st century international composer: experience Sydney Chamber Opera’s aesthetic mission in a single evening of three outstanding works.

The Shape of the Earth by Jack Symonds & Pierce Wilcox, performed by Paris-based vocalist Mitchell Riley and directed by Alexander Berlage. La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc & Jean Cocteau, performed by Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko and directed by Clemence Williams. Also directed by Clemence Williams is Quatre instants; composed by Kaija Saariaho & Amin Maalouf and performed by Australian mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds, whose dramatic vocal lines will be brought to life by a glittering piano accompaniment.

Three voices pushed to their limits; three bodies living extraordinary stories.

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In-Season: $50 + fee
Concession: $40 + fee

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Thu 28 Sep – Sat 7 Oct, Bay 20

Thu 28 Sep
Pre-show talk
Join Sydney Chamber Opera’s Artistic Director, Jack Symonds in conversation with ABC Classic Drive’s Vanessa Hughes for a pre-show conversation about the three works, SCO’s mission, and contemporary opera in Australia.

Opening Night

Sat 30 Sep

Tue 3 Oct

Thu 5 Oct

Sat 7 Oct



The performance contains smoke, haze, strobe, flashing lights and use of theatrical blood.

earth.voice.body delves into topics which evoke strong emotions and may be distressing for audiences. We understand the importance of creating a safe and supportive environment for everyone and encourage audience members to consider their own wellbeing and that of those around them. Help and support are available at:


Healing Foundation

View the full program here.

Listen to a pre-show talk with Jack Symonds and the ABC’s Vanessa Hughes recorded on Thu 28 Sep.

View the Accessibility Guide for this performance here.

Presented by Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks.

earth.voice.body, Sydney Chamber Opera. Image by Zan Wimberley.

'The Shape of the Earth' performed by Mitchell Riley 
'La voix humaine' performed by Celeste Lazarenko 
A woman in seen from the waist up, looking left of frame
'Quatre instants' performed by Emily Edmonds