A Double-Bill of Contemporary Masterpieces: ‘His Music Burns’ From Sydney Chamber Opera



Sydney Chamber Opera is joined by Sydney Theatre Company resident director Sarah Giles to present His Music Burns a double bill of contemporary masterpieces performed in Australia for the very first time, presented by the Sydney Festival.

In the double-bill are George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill with soprano Ellen Winhall, mezzo-soprano Emily Edmonds and an ensemble of 15 instruments, followed by György Kurtág’s settings of absurdist Beckett in …pas à pas – nulle part…sung by baritone Mitchell Riley with an ensemble of string trio and percussion.

Renowned playwright Martin Crimp warps the Pied Piper legend into a dark political tragedy, as George Benjamin’s dangerously beautiful score for Into the Little Hill lures the audience into a maze of sound and story. György Kurtág’s musical meditation …pas à pas –nulle part…, transforms a single virtuosic performer into a whirlwind of energy. 

Performed in English with French and English surtitles

General Admission $35

Bookings: Sydney Festival 1300 856 876, or www.sydneyfestival.org.au

Read our interview with Jack Symonds, conductor and music director of Sydney Chamber Opera.

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