La Passion de Simone
Sydney Chamber Opera in association with The Song Company | Australia
Australian Premiere
9–11 January Carriageworks $46–$60 + bf 75 mins
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  • Wed 9 January at 8pm
    Thu 10 January at 8pm
    Fri 11 January at 8pm
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La Passion de Simone
Sydney Chamber Opera in association with The Song Company | Australia
Australian Premiere

Sydney Chamber Opera presents the story of philosopher, political activist and mystic Simone Weil. Albert Camus wrote that Weil was “the only great spirit of our times”; a Marxist and pacifist whose political and moral philosophy achieved fame after her death at age 34.

The acclaimed Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho tells her remarkable and ultimately tragic story through music in this deeply spiritual contemporary opera, never before seen in Australia.

Director Imara Savage and designer Elizabeth Gadsby, the creative team behind the SCO’s Fly Away Peter, create the physical world for Saariaho’s luminous meditation on defiance in the face of inhumanity.

Soprano Jane Sheldon, one of Australia’s most accomplished and adventurous singers last seen in The Howling Girls, leads the audience through Weil's extraordinary life, from her rejection of labour during World War II to her exile into self-imposed starvation in protest of the Holocaust’s atrocity.

Under conductor and co-founder Jack Symonds, Sydney Chamber Opera has drawn widespread critical acclaim for its innovative programming, musical rigour and focus on compelling theatre making.

“The cutting edge of the operatic art form” – Time Out

Accessibility
Important Info
In French with English surtitles Lockouts apply. Latecomers will only be permitted entry at a suitable point in the performance.
Cast and Credits

Music: Kaija Saariaho
Libretto: Amin Maalouf
Conductor: Jack Symonds
Director: Imara Savage
Set & Costume Designer: Elizabeth Gadsby
Lighting Designer: Alexander Berlage
Video Artist: Mike Daly
Soprano: Jane Sheldon
Chorus: The Song Company

La Passion de Simone is published by Chester Music, by kind permission of The Music Sales Group

Image: Samuel Hodge

9–11 January
$46–$60 + bf
75 mins
“A remarkable tour-de-force”
Sydney Morning Herald
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