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Director:  Katy Maudlin

Conductor:  Patrick Burns

Design:  Brynna Lowen

Lighting:  Richard Vabre


Iphis:  Morgan Carter

Lidgus:  Douglas Kelly

Telethusa:  Nicole Wallace

God 1:  Timothy Daly

God 2:  Troy Castle

Ianthe:  Breanna Stuart

Lyric Opera of Melbourne presents Iphis, a thrilling 70-minute opera by celebrated Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin as part of its 2022 celebration of Australian women composers.


In August 2022, Lyric will present its first fully-staged opera since theatres closed during the pandemic. Pulling together a team of some of Melbourne's most exciting creatives directed by Katy Maudlin with a cast of established & emerging opera singers, Lyric's new Artistic Director Patrick Burns continues Lyric's proud tradition of presenting the works of Australian Composers.


With a sound world that mixes klezmer, romanticism and opera, Iphis explores an ancient greek myth in which the girl Iphis is raised as a boy to avoid her father's wrath. All is well until Iphis must marry the love of her life and face the question of how to navigate a world in what is seen is not what is real.


Presented at St Kilda's TheatreWorks, this 1997 chamber opera features the original nine-piece orchestra and provides an opportunity to celebrate not only the work of a fully Australian team of artists, creatives, composer and librettist but to mark and celebrate the Elena Kats-Chernin's 65 birthday.

Book tickets to this exciting production via the Theatreworks site.

Support this production with an end of financial year tax deductible donation here.



75 Minutes (No Interval)



Friday 26 August, 7:30pm (Opening Night)

Saturday 27 August, 2:30pm (Matinee)

Tuesday 30 August, 7:30pm

Wednesday 31 August, 7:30pm

Thursday 1 September, 7:30pm

Friday 2 September, 7:30pm

Saturday 3 September, 7:30pm

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