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 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.

26 Sep – 5 Oct, 2024
Bay 17 Carriageworks

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

Performed in English with surtitles.

Ticket prices from $79 + bf

On Sale Dates:

Opera Australia Subscriptions open – Tue 24 Oct, 9am
Single tickets pre-sale – Wed 29 Nov, 9am
Single tickets on sale – Tue 5 Dec, 9am

Jack Symonds
Composer & Conductor

 

Louis Garrick
Libretto

 

CREATIVES

Kip Williams
Director

 

Elizabeth Gadsby
Set and Costume Designer

 

Amelia Lever-Davidson
Lighting Designer

 

Benjamin Carey
Sound Designer

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

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

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.