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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Speechless
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'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.

Production Details

  • 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).

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