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Daughters is a world premiere song-cycle that uses the haunting form of Portuguese fado, female voice and intimate musical accompaniment to evoke the strength and tragedy of women and girls, lost to violence.

Drawing on real-life stories, the 12 songs are emblematic of a global crisis that affects one in three women in their lifetime. Librettist Tammy Brennan and composer David Chisholm through soprano Aivale Cole and musicians Mauricio Carrasco, Leni Phillipe-Janon and Miranda Hill, take the audience on a powerful journey tracing the effects of gender violence.

Join us for a panel discussion before the performance.

Panel discussion
6.30pm - 7.15pm 
Interval 7.15pm - 8pm
Performance 8pm - 9pm

The song-cycle is part of a world first intercultural Australian and Indian opera project, The Daughters Opera Project. The full international opera work premieres in New Delhi, India in January 2020. The opera is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, The Australian High Commission, and Teamwork Arts. 

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  • David Chisholm
    Tammy Brennan
    Aivale Cole
    Maurcio Carrasco
    Leni Phillipe-Janon
    Portuguese Guitar 
    Miranda Hill
    Double Bass