World Premiere Of ‘Daughters’ Tells Real-Life Stories Of Gender Violence

Presented as part of The Big Anxiety Festival, the world premiere of  Daughters comprises haunting, music based on stories of gender violence.

Daughters exposes a story often hidden behind closed doors and swept away from society’s day-to-day life. It is a global crisis that affects one in three women in their lifetime and is a narrative that needs to be transformed and brought out into the open.

Through the expressive form of the Portuguese fado, guitarists and singers join to tell 12 real-life stories of women and girls affected by gender violence. This performance aims to show how music can deliver the strength of the women and girls who have been lost to this violence. The song-cycle is part of a world first intercultural Australian and Indian opera project, The Daughters Opera Project. The full international opera work premieres in New Delhi, India in January 2020.

Daughters is a collections of songs about the transformation of collective trauma using the power and beauty of song, music and poetry to bring a light to the global pandemic of gender violence against women and girls” says Tammy Brennan, librettist for Daughters.

The Big Anxiety Festival, the world’s largest mental health and arts festival. For further information and full program please visit

 A special In Conversation session will take place pre-show and will feature Tammy Brennan (Librettist) and Moo Baulch (former CEO Domestic Violence NSW) moderated by Andrea Durbach (Professor of Law UNSW).  It will look at the role of art and artistic processes as mechanisms for transforming community attitudes to gender inequality and resulting harm.

The artists: Composer: David Chisholm/ Librettist: Tammy Brennan/ Soprano: Aivale Cole/ Guitarist: Maurcio Carrasco/ Portuguese Guitarist: Leni Phillipe-Janon/ Double Bassist: Miranda Hill

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit In an emergency, call 000.

Tickets: Standard performance only $40; Performance and Panel Discussion $55 (Fees per transaction: phone $8.25, internet $6.60)
Bookings or 02 8256 2222



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