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“Unimaginably beautiful”

— Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Visionary director Peter Sellars resurrects the rarely staged opera of the Québécois composer Claude Vivier, Kopernikus. Sellars, renowned for his radical and creative productions, has described this intimate work as a “mind-blowing” mix of The Magic Flute, Tristan and Isolde and Alice in Wonderland.

Performed by the Grammy Award-winning Roomful of Teeth ensemble and instrumentalists Ensemble L’Instant Donné, this “unimaginably beautiful” opera (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) takes audiences on a journey of reconciliation and transcendence following loss and death, guided by the genius of Mozart, Wagner and Lewis Carroll. Kopernikus seeks to reorient the audience’s relationship to the process of dying through a vivid imagining of the beauty and glory of the afterlife.

Composed by
Claude Vivier

Directed by
Peter Sellars

There is a free pre-show talk on Monday 2 March at 6pm in the Opera House foyer.


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Duration: 1hr 35mins

Lemi Ponifasio

Curated by
Lemi Ponifasio

Artist Talk Opera Lemi Ponifasio

What happens to us when we die?

Do we go somewhere else?

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