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Fumeblind Oracle : Chamber Opera in Four Parts

by Huw Belling and Pierce Wilcox (2021)

Work Overview

Fumeblind Oracle is a response work to Janáček's The diary of One Who Disappeared. The objectified "Zefka" of Diary moves from love poetry to god-guided violence. Inspired by Sappho and Homer's Iliad, a new libretto by Pierce Wilcox breaks expectation to pieces and builds a real, breathing woman from the shards of Janáček's objectified character.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Soprano, Melodica / Acoustic Piano / Synthesizer, Electronics (cued by dedicated performer).

Duration: 38 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Opera.

First performance: by Jack Symonds, Jessica O'Donoghue, Sydney Chamber Opera — Jan 21. Sydney Festival, Carriageworks Bay 20

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2022 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Dramatic Finalist Huw Belling


Performances of this work

Jan 21: Sydney Festival, Carriageworks Bay 20. Featuring Jack Symonds, Jessica O'Donoghue, Sydney Chamber Opera.

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