The ancient and contemporary collide to dazzling effect in this world premiere, marking the first time Opera Australia has collaborated with Sydney Chamber Opera.

Gilgamesh is the first opera in English based on humanity’s oldest written epic poem. Emerging from ancient Mesopotamian mythology, it tells of a restless young king who, through experiences of love and loss, becomes a better person. His unexpected love for a half man, half animal leads him wide-eyed into mysterious realms.

Composed by Sydney Chamber Opera‘s Artistic Director, Jack Symonds, and brought to Carriageworks’ vast performance space by visionary director Kip Williams (Sydney Theatre Company’s The Picture of Dorian Gray), Gilgamesh is an epic that must be experienced.

Image: Mitchell Riley in The Shape of the Earth composed by Jack Symonds, directed and designed by Alexander Berlage for Sydney Chamber Opera, photo by Zan Wimberley.

*Tickets on sale via Opera Australia

Bay 17 Carriageworks

Approx. 2hrs 30mins (incl. one interval)

Performed in English with surtitles.

Jack Symonds
Composer & Conductor


Louis Garrick



Kip Williams


Elizabeth Gadsby
Set Design


David Fleischer
Costume Design


Amelia Lever-Davidson
Lighting Design


Benjamin Carey
Electronics & Sound Design


Bob Scott
Sound Designer

Tait de Lorenzo
Assistant Director

Jeremy Kleeman


Mitchell Riley


Jane Sheldon


Jessica O’Donoghue


Daniel Todd


Australian String Quartet

Ensemble Offspring

Nudity, haze and loud sounds

Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks present Gilgamesh, in association with Australian String Quartet and Ensemble Offspring.

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