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AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY
OPERA CO
LEONARD COHEN / PHILIP GLASS

BOOK OF LONGING
LEONARD COHEN SANGRIA

"an audacious work with a massive magnetic pull"

- New York Times

This multi-dimensional performance combines poetry, music, images and text in a complex and intoxicating meeting of two musical icons: Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass.

Composed by Philip Glass and adapted from Cohen’s 2006 poetry collection Book of Longing, this genre-defying work stars Richard Piper (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and features four singers, ensemble, eight instrumentalists and imagery. Described as "part-song-cycle, part cabaret, part-installation" Book of Longing is a work that explores romance, biography, balladry, the dharma, limericks and rhymes.

Glass is the long-reigning emperor of modern classical music. Cohen spent his career melding pop, folk and Euro-cabaret with his existential-meets-erotic confessional style. Here, they summon the best in each other with a work of feverish passion and wily humour, full of spiritual striving, romantic yearning and witty self parody.

Join us at The Edge – Fed Square for this audacious, magnetic and convention-busting performance.


Conducted by

CARLO ANTONIOLI
MSO Cybec Assistant Conductor 2022

Directed by

LINDA THOMPSON

with

RICHARD PIPER as the voice of Leonard Cohen

EMILY BURKE, soprano

DIMITY SHEPHERD, mezzo soprano

MARTIN BUCKINGHAM, tenor

CHRISTOPHER TONKIN, baritone

with

Caitlin Toohey, soprano*

Genevieve Droppert, mezzo soprano*

Alexandra Amerides, contralto*

Callum Warrener, tenor*

Daniel Felton, baritone*

*ACOCo Young Artist

 

Visuals by

ALICE EDY

Presented in partnership with

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"I know she is coming
I know she will look
And that is the longing
And this is the book."


- Leonard Cohen (1934 - 2016)

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Richard Piper

as 'the voice of Leonard'

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Christopher Tonkin

Baritone

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Emily Burke

Soprano

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Carlo Antonioli

Conductor

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Dimity Shepherd

Mezzo soprano

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Linda Thompson

Director

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Martin Buckingham

Tenor

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Alice Edy

Live Drawing Artist

Young Artists

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Caitlin Toohey

Soprano

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Callum Andreas

Tenor

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Genevieve Droppert

Mezzo soprano

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Daniel Felton

Baritone

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Alexandra Amerides

Contralto

Orchestra

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Theodore Pike

Keyboard

Percussion

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Imogen Manins

Cello

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Stuart Byrne

Piccolo  Flute 

Alto Saxophone  Clarinet

Double Bass Player

Nic Synot

Double Bass

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Stephen Robinson

English horn

Oboe

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Po Goh*

Keyboard

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Susannah Ng

Violin

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Jacob Abela

Keyboard