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
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
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.
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.
This performance is surtitled, with the translation of dialogue displayed on a screen either above or at the foot of the stage.
Service animals are welcome at Carriageworks.
Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.
All festival patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health regulations. Tickets to this event are sold to 75% of capacity. The current regulations allow patrons to be seated alongside each other and not socially distanced within the theatre. If, at the theatre, you have any concerns in relation to this, please approach an usher for assistance. Patrons may not move between seats unless directed by an usher.
Warning – this performance contains e-cigarette smoke.
Complete lockout – latecomers will not be admitted.
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: Lisa Tomasetti
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.
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