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The Carnival : a circus opera

by Chloe Charody (2007, this version: 2011)



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The Carnival : a circus opera / Chloe Charody.

Library shelf no. 782.14/CHA 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Beyond the stars and the moon lies a secret fairytale land which is home to a wild and whacky carnival - a quirky kaleidoscope of crazy & colorful creatures. Join Lucy, an unexpected visitor, on her tumultuous journey through the bizarre world of The Carnival as she attempts to find and free its sovereign, the grand Firebird. Tightrope dancing crows, oversized mermaids, nutty pixies, drunk bats, trolls and a flying violinist are only a handful of the extraordinary creatures Lucy must encounter in this world of utter madness

Work Details

Year: 2007, this version: 2011

Instrumentation: 5 Sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 2 violins (1 is acrobatic/fire taming), double bass, piano, troupe of contortionists, aerial trapeze artists and opera singers, acrobats and circus performers.

Duration: 121 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: 2011. London's West End.

The Carnival is a circus opera composed by Chloé Charody and developed by Chloé Charody and Sonja Schebeck. The Carnival debuted on London’s West End in March 2011, running a sold out season, and then went on to run a series of sell-out shows in Australia. Schebeck and Charody’s innovative fusion of classical music, opera and discipline of circus received acclaim from audiences and press alike.


'Variations on an Epitaph' from The Carnival
'The Phoenix' from The Carnival
'Touch of Sin' from The Carnival

Performances of this work

5 Nov 19: Pier 1, Frankfurt, Germany . Featuring Chanda Vanderhart, Sonja Schebeck, Simone Easthope.

17 Feb 2017: at 'The Carnival' a circus opera by Chloé Charody (The Concourse, Chatswood).

22 Oct 13: The Hamburg season of The Carnival, The Fliegende Bauten, Hamburg Germany

8 Sep 13: The Audi Youth Ball, Crown Casino, Perth

10 Aug 12: The Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains NSW

21 Sep 11: Red Bennies, Melbourne

6 May 11: Red Bennies, Melbourne. Featuring Francesca Hiew, Krishna Martin, Leilisha Marning, Billy Wilson-Coffey, Jessica Ward, Siobhan Stagg.

2011: London's West End.

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