6–10 JANUARY Carriageworks $59 + BF
Future Remains
Future Remains
6–10 JANUARY Carriageworks $59 + BF
Future Remains
$59 + BF

Written in the aftermath of World War I, Czech composer Leoš Janáček's Diary of One Who Disappeared is a lacerating song cycle of delusion and illicit desire centred on a man who would abandon everything for forbidden love. Troubling and sensual, it has never been staged in Australia – until now.

And there's more. In response to Janáček's masterpiece, SCO's Huw Belling (Victory Over the Sun) spins out the tale, taking it new and dangerous depths in the world premiere of Fumeblind Oracle, a partner piece in which the lone woman moves from love poetry to god-guided violence. 

Inspired by Sappho and Homer's Iliad, a new libretto by Pierce Wilcox (Oscar & Lucinda) breaks expectation to pieces and builds a real, breathing person from the shards while director Alexander Berlage, acclaimed for American Psycho and Cry-Baby applies his electric visual style to this remarkable diptych. 

Runtime: 65 mins

Performance Times

Wed 6 Jan at 8pm
Thu 7 Jan at 8pm
Fri 8 Jan at 8pm
Sat 9 Jan at 5pm
Sun 10 Jan at 5pm

Ticketing and Pricing
  • Reserved Full Price – $59
    Reserved Concession – $53
    + booking fee

    Please note that paired seats cannot be split, therefore if you are after a single seat please select a seat that is on its own.
    If you are after other configurations, please contact the Sydney Festival office during business hours.


Wheelchair Access
Entrance to Carriageworks is via an access ramp leading to the main entrance which is located at street level at 245 Wilson St. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way with entry via 229 Wilson Street. The Carriageworks car park also includes four mobility parking spaces.  

Captioned Performance
This performance is surtitled, with the translation of dialogue displayed on a screen either above or at the foot of the stage. 

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome at Carriageworks.  

Important Info

Warning – this performance contains e-cigarette smoke.

Complete lockout – latecomers will not be admitted. 

Cast and Credits

Tenor Andrew Goodwin
Mezzo-soprano Jessica O'Donoghue
Music Director/Piano Jack Symonds
Director/Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Set/Costume Designer Jeremy Allen
Sound Designer Benjamin Carey
Composer/Artistic Associate Huw Belling
Dramaturg Bernadette Fam

Photo: Craig Wall

The staging of Diary of One Who Disappeared was commissioned by Sydney Opera House, enabled by Prof Ross Steele AM.

This production is proudly supported by Kim Williams AM and was developed as part of Carriageworks 2020 In Development Program.

Create an account

Plan your festival! save your favourite events and share with friends.

Forgot Password

Forgotten your password?

Enter your email below to have your password sent to the address




Register Interest