PAST (AUGUST 2022)
BOOK OF LONGING
BY PHILIP GLASS & LEONARD COHEN

PRESENTED BY AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY OPERA CO 
AND THE WHEELER CENTRE

SUPPORTED BY FED SQUARE

A multi-dimensional performance combining 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 starred Richard Piper (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and featured four soloists, soloist ensemble, eight instrumentalists and live graphic 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.

 

Sold Out at ​Fed Square: an 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

The Wheeler Centre

and 

Fed Square