Chloe Charody : Associate Artist
Through the dynamic fusion of opera, classical music and circus, Chloé Charody has created a style of music and a theatrical genre which is unique and has enjoyed a wonderful reception by critics, the media and audiences worldwide. Several critics have stated that Chloé Charody's work is paving a new path for classical music in the 21st century.
In 2011, Charody's first circus opera The Carnival (developed by Charody and her creative partner Sonja Schebeck) debuted on London's West End at Leicester Square Theatre. The Carnival became an instant success, going on to run sell-out shows across Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom, including a second sell-out season on London's West End. The Carnival still plays to sell-out audiences to this day.
2011 was also the year that Charody composed the ballet opera Magdalene, commissioned by the Dutch National Ballet and premiered on 27 March 2011 at the Muziektheater in Amsterdam. Magdalene then went on to screen at the 2011 International Cindeans Festival in Amsterdam.
In 2014, Charody was commissioned to write her second operatic musical Morning Blossoms which toured the Netherlands in 2016 by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tecwyn Evans, and featuring the Dutch musical theatre superstar, Celine Purcell. The production was met with critical acclaim when it toured to some of the biggest theatres in Holland, including the Haarlem Philharmonie and Theater de Spiegel.
In 2012, Charody wrote the violin caprice The Phoenix for Australian violinist Sonja Schebeck that was premiered by Sonja at the Musikverein in Vienna. The work was then turned into a ballet by dancer/choreographer Remi Wortmeyer for the Dutch National Ballet in 2016. The work has also gone on to feature in Charody's circus opera The Carnival, and as the third movement in Charody's Concerto for violin, fire and orchestra (with the same title).
2012 also saw Charody launch her Circus Opera Academy in Sydney and in Berlin to train up a generation of opera singers in this niche medium pioneered by her. In that same year, Charody completed her third ballet opera The Meadows and her second circus opera The Toybox for the students at her circus opera academy.
In 2013 Charody's album Homage was released by MGM, and several tracks from that album have been released by ABC Classics including Variations on an Epitaph which featured on ABC Classics album Music For The Journey Home.
In 2007, after graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Chloé was awarded the Young Australian Composer of The Year award for her first symphony To Breathe Through Shadows of Decree which was premiered by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Milton. In that same year, Charody then went on to compose for television and theater both nationally and abroad, working with companies such as Warner Music and Song Zu.
In 2008, Charody & Schebeck founded 'Ilythian' - an ensemble fusing Charody's original classical music with theatrical elements inspired by genres such as circus & vaudeville. From 2008 - 2010, Ilythian toured extensively throughout Australia and headlined several festivals including the Camden Haven Arts Festival and 'The Bellingen Music Festival.
In 2010, Charody founded the magazine Musiqueart, becoming the first and only street press magazine for classical music and fine arts within Australia. In that same year, with the support of APRA, Charody founded the educational program ReachOut bringing her music and innovative presentation of classical music to regional and remote communities in NSW.
To this day, Charody's output includes: 5 circus operas, 2 operatic musicals, 3 ballet operas, 2 works for string orchestra, 4 string quartets, one concerto for violin, fire and orchestra and one symphony. In 2007 Charody's dynamic work for string orchestra titled The Muthaf***as will premiere at the Les Jardins Musicaux Festival in Switzerland on 22 August 2017 by the Vienna-based classical music/circus fusion ensemble, the Freestyle Orchestra.
Charody is currently writing her 6th circus opera and 2nd violin concerto and is signed to leading German music publishers, Rolf Budde Musikverlag GmbH.
Chloe Charody — current to April 2017
||Wedded to the sea : a symphonic poem (2015)||'Morning Blossoms' was commissioned in 2014 by the Dutch based arts organisation ODD Continent.|
|Morning Blossoms : musical (2014)||Commissioned in 2014 by Dutch based arts organisation ODD Continent|
|Magdalene : a ballet opera (2010)||Commissioned by The Dutch National Ballet|