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  • Date: Saturday, 7 January 2017 to Friday, 13 January 2017, 7:30pm (no performance on Tuesday)
  • Venue: Carriageworks — 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW
  • Tickets: Adults: $46 | Concession: $41 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 1300 856 876

Event Details

Renaissance polymath Gerolamo Cardano is one of the most influential thinkers of all time. Not only the inventor of algebra, he was also a surgeon, gambler, philosopher, astrologer and heretic. Sydney Chamber Opera’s world premiere sees Cardano, played by Mitchell Butel, telling the story of his incredible life. With Renaissance-inspired music by composer Mary Finsterer, libretto by Tom Wright and direction by Janice Muller, Biographica thrums with the energy of an age where science, thought and discovery were expanding - and is infused with the extraordinary humanity and wit of a true genius.

Sydney Chamber Opera have been creating intense, moving, brilliant opera – breathing new life into the art form – since 2010. Their past shows have touched on everything from Australians in WWI to outrageous Russian futurist sci-fi, and all have been rapturously received. Joined by Ensemble Offspring musicians, and conducted by Jack Symonds, this electrifying premiere is startlingly original, fresh and fascinating.

Performers: Mitchell Butel, Jane Sheldon, Simon Lobelson, Andrew Goodwin, Anna Fraser, Jessica O’Donoghue with musicians from Ensemble Offspring.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8248 6500 or by email to mail@sydneyfestival.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Biographica : opera by Mary Finsterer — World premiere
— performed by Ensemble Offspring and Sydney Chamber Opera

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