Premiering at the 2019 Perth Festival, Speechless will be brought to life by four brilliant and versatile soloists. With four very different vocal styles, the opera features one of Australia’s finest interpreters of contemporary operatic repertoire Judith Dodsworth, lead singer of the Australian heavy metal powerhouse High Tension, Karina Utomo, Western Australian experimental vocalist Sage Pbbbt and Persian vocal trailblazer Tara Tiba.
Composer and director Cat Hope says “it is important to me that a contemporary opera represents more styles of music than the classical genre of which it grew. Judith is an operatic voice, Karina comes from a heavy metal background, Tara is an Iranian classical singer who studies jazz, and Sage is an improvisor influenced by a wide range of practices. The musical director, Aaron Wyatt, is a Noongar man – it was important that an Australian Indigenous person took a leadership role in the rendering of the work.