An Index of Metals

Ensemble Offspring An Index of Metals, image by Samuel Hodge

Cult Italian composer Fausto Romitelli described his final work An Index of Metals as an ‘electric poem’ that explodes the possibilities of the opera format. In this fiercely contemporary Australian premiere, we meet Romitelli’s challenge.
Presented by Ensemble Offspring in association with Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks, with Director Kip Williams and soprano Jane Sheldon, this performance will plunge you into a breathtaking new world of sound and colour.

NOTE: This performance contains nudity. It is not recommended for patrons under 16 years of age.


Sydney Carriageworks Bay 20, 8pm 16, 17, 18, 19 November 2015, $35 book

Post Show Talk, Wednesday 18 November
Join us after the performance on Wednesday 18 November to hear Kip Williams, director, Jack Symonds, conductor and artistic director of Sydney Chamber Opera and Damien Ricketson, co-artistic director of Ensemble Offspring in conversation with renowned Australian media executive and composer Kim Williams AM. Free for ticket holders.


Fausto Romitelli – An Index of Metals (AP)
(Text by Kenka Lekovich, video by Paolo Pachini & Leonardo Romoli)

Media & Acclaim

“Ensemble Offspring played this bold combative score with intensity and energy. This is audacious, arresting and original work of the sort we have come to expect from these artists even as they retain the capacity to surprise.”

Peter McCallum, SMH

“Romitelli’s music flows from the 11 new-music specialists of Ensemble Offspring with the heat, flexibility and implacable force of molten rock.”

Deborah Jones, The Australian

“…through smart thinking and a healthy desire to think outside of Romitelli’s box, Sydney Chamber Opera and Ensemble Offspring have produced something that is more than the sum of its parts and well worth the experience.”

Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine

Sheldon shows her metal in Romitelli video opera
Romitelli’s vision brought to life


Ensemble Offspring and Sydney Chamber Opera
Jane Sheldon (soprano)
Jack Symonds (conductor)
Kip Williams (director)
Elizabeth Gadsby (set & costumer designer)
Lamorna Nightingale (flute)
Aviva Endean (clarinet)
Zubin Kanga (piano/keyboard)
Veronique Serret (violin)
Nigel Crocker (trombone)
Cat Hope (bass)
Tristram Williams (trumpet)
Ben Opie (oboe/cor anglais)
James Wannan (viola)
Joe Manton (electric guitar)
Damien Ricketson (electronics)
Bob Scott (sound)