Exil

December, 2013
Sydney Chamber Opera
Carriageworks, Sydney

Director: Adena Jacobs
Conductor: Jack Symonds
Set & Costume: Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis

‘The lighting, by Katie Sfetkidis, added immeasurably to the atmosphere: starting from complete blackness, it varied and grew brighter until the dramatic moment when the soprano was suddenly silhouetted’  -BachTrack

Internationally acclaimed soprano Jane Sheldon joins Sydney Chamber Opera to perform a transcendentally haunting monodrama, Exil. Contemporary Georgian composer Giya Kancheli originally conceived his 1994 song cycle as a concert work, not for the stage. A setting of Biblical Psalms alongside post-Holocaust poetry by Paul Celan and Hans Sahl, it is an abstract twentieth-century drama of the soul in the face of unspeakable horror.