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Performer: Sydney Chamber Opera

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The Repairing of Lucretia

Anna Dowsley (Lucretia) © Zan Wimberley
The problematic nature of Britten's Rape of Lucretia is well-known: Sydney Chamber Opera's production attempts to navigate it via gender inversion. 
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Biographica: a mazy musical melange

Mary Finsterer has managed a musical melange that crosses effortlessly and delightfully from the Renaissance to today. If only Tom Wright's book and libretto had been a match, this would have been a work worth taking to the world.
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Dystopian Dostoevsky gets utopian orchestration

Its achievement lies in the brilliant notion of taking the two parts of Dostoevsky's work – the Aboveground Man's self-loathed life and the Underground Man's reflections upon it 20 years later – and running them concurrently, using two different singers.
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Deeper than the day: Dusapin's O Mensch

Absorbing performances from Mitch Reilly and Jack Symonds render Dusapin's O Mensch a highly charged experience at the end of the Sydney Festival.
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Dispassionate Passion: Dusapin at Sydney Chamber Opera

It's quite a contradiction when you call a work Passion and then spend 90 minutes resisting all emotions. 
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Fly Away Peter: a compelling WWI commemoration

The adaptation of David Malouf's novella Fly Away Peter by Pierce Wilcox and Elliott Gyger is given a compelling world première by Sydney Chamber Opera under the direction of Jack Symonds.
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