Gilgamesh

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
Libretto

 

CREATIVES

Kip Williams
Director

 

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

CAST
Jeremy Kleeman
Gilgamesh

 

Mitchell Riley
Enkidu

 

Jane Sheldon
Ishtar/Scorpion

 

Jessica O’Donoghue
Shamhat/Uta-Napisthi/Scorpion

 

Daniel Todd
Humbaba/Ur-Shanabi

 

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE
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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