Syzygy Ensemble: Trapped in Darkness
- Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2013, 6pm
- Venue: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre — Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Melbourne, VIC
- Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online
Syzygy Ensemble's first concert begins in the depths of despair. Allow us to introduce to you two characters for whom life's journey was cut abruptly short, if it ever really began at all. Doomed to forever be prisoners, Bony Anderson and Eliza Donnithorne were simply removed from the daily experiences of life that most of us take for granted. These two chamber operas are both based on real people who lived out the remains of their pitiful lives in Sydney. Anderson, an unruly convict, chained to a rock on Goat's Island to be gawked at and taunted like a circus animal, and Miss Donnithorne, a jilted bride who returns to her dead father's house and remains there, still in her bridal gown, for the last 30 years of her life.
Syzygy's 2013 series, entitled 'Towards the Light' deals with enlightenment, and the often painful journey involved in achieving it. In a world full of misinformation, misdirection and heartache, how do we forge a path that leads towards knowledge, certainty and contentment? As musicians who deal joyfully with some of the best and most recent music that the world has to offer, we feel as though we are learning all the time and that our journey towards this elusive goal is never really complete. But thank goodness for that, because so long as we never reach Utopia, we never stop learning and growing.
Judith Dodsworth mezzo
Christopher Richardson bass baritone
This event is part of the 2013 Metropolis New Music Festival.
Featured non-Australian music: Peter Maxwell Davies
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website
Featured Australian Works
|The apology of Bony Anderson : baritone voice with chamber ensemble (1979) by Murray Copland and Barry Conyngham|
— performed by Syzygy Ensemble and Christopher Richardson
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