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Chamber Pot Opera

Director Clemence Williams developed Chamber Pot Opera along with co-creators Keiren Brandt-Sawdy and Thomas De Angelis in response to the limited roles for women in opera.  She says, “When I was studying voice, I was told I could sing the ‘Witches, bitches or breeches’ roles as a mezzo-soprano, so this opera attempts to debunk those […]


John Bell’s Carmen is being reprised at the Opera House in its Cuban setting, with crumbling colourful architecture and gaudy costumes, and a roadside food stall providing the backdrop to this tragic tale of a spirited gypsy woman who comes to an untimely death at the hands of a jilted lover. Why the Cuban setting? It […]

Chamber Pot Opera

Magical, transformative and highly intimate, Chamber Pot Opera hails from a sell-out season of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Giving a strong and powerful voice to the stories of three women, this opera blends together well-known music from the likes of Puccini, Mozart and Bizet. The elaborate but cosy Ladies’ Powder Room of Sydney's Queen Victoria […]

The Pearlfishers

Award-winning theatre director Michel Gow returns to Opera Australia to direct this new production of Bizet’s much-loved work The Pearlfishers. His decision to cast the three male characters as European was to emphasise the colonial aspects of the story set in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), as well as to improve on a very […]