'Imagine a world where you have no voice. That is the world for many in contemporary Australia who are silenced legally, politically or culturally.
'Speechless – a powerful new opera by award-winning composer Cat Hope – is a personal response to the 2014 Human Rights Commission report ‘The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’. Through a vocal language beyond words, Speechless is a channel for Hope to come to terms with the terrible things she sees perpetrated in her name by those in positions of power.'
Source: Perth Festival.
First workshopped (including two showings) in July 2017.
Premiered at the 2019 Perth Festival, 26 February - 3 March 2019, at the Sunset Heritage Precinct.
Composer & Director: Cat Hope.
Soloists: Judith Dodsworth, Karina Utomo, Tara Tiba, Sage Pbbbt.
With The Australian Bass Orchestra and Decibel New Music Ensemble.
Musical Director: Aaron Wyatt.
Sound Designer: Guy Smith.
Lighting Designer: Matt Adey.
Lighting Designer: Andre Vanderwert.
Assistant Director: Rakini Devi.
Production Partners: Perth Festival, Monash University.
Production Manager: Guy Smith.
Producer: Annalisa Oxenburgh (for Tura New Music).