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Ensemble Offspring

An Index of Metals

November 16, 2015 | 8:00am

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.

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.

245 Wilson St
Eveleigh, NSW 2015 Australia

“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


Date & Time

16, 17, 18 & 19 November 2015 @ 8pm


245 Wilson St
Eveleigh, NSW 2015 Australia


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


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)

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An Index of Metals