Chamber Made Opera


Meat Market | Arts House
Office 22
44 Courtney Street
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051 Australia


PO Box 302
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051 Australia


+61 3 9090 7095


10am - 6pm
Monday - Thursday
EXILE © Chamber Made Opera


Exile - Promo from Aphids Arts on Vimeo.

An Aphids, Chamber Made Opera and Speak Percussion coproduction
after Euripide’s Iphigenia in Taurus

The world's first iPad opera has launched.
See the composer, Helen Gifford, meeting the iPad app for the first time:

Composer: Helen Gifford
Librettist: Richard Meredith

Director: Margaret Cameron
Multimedia Artists : Champagne Valentine, Anita Fontaine & Geoff Lillemon
Conductor: Brett Kelly
Soprano: Deborah Kayser
Piccolo & Clay Flute: Chris Clark
Clarient: Nicole Canham
Clarinet: Aviva Endean
Bass Clarinet: Karen Heath
Mandolin: Ken Murray
Speak Percussion: Eugene Ughetti, Peter Neville, Matthias Schack-Arnott

Recording produced by ABC Classic FM
Down load EXILE, iPad opera in full by clicking on the link below.


An excerpt from EXILE was performed at the Peggy Glanville Hicks Address which was delivered by renowned conductor Simone Young. Presented by the New Music Network.
7:30pm Wed 11 August 2010
BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne


EXILE will be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM’s In Performance program during November 2010.


The EXILE iPad application will be launched in December 2010

This may well be the world’s first iPad opera.

Set on a desolate coastline, Helen Gifford’s exquisite chamber opera, EXILE, explores the psychological state of Iphigenia as she reflects on her time as a high priestess of human sacrifices.

EXILE is the ultimate and dramatic combining of Greek tragedy, chamber opera, advanced digital media, new mobile technologies and contemporary music.

EXILE features acclaimed soprano Deborah Kayser with an ensemble of percussionists, clarinets, piccolo and mandolin, with pre- recorded mandolin-guitar and women’s chorus.

EXILE combines operatic performance with the extraordinarily textured and layered virtual gaming visuals by cult new media artists Champagne Valentine (Amsterdam).

EXILE was recorded in front of a live audience in June this year at the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre by ABC Classic FM.

EXILE will be transformed into an interactive music-video iPad application in Amsterdam by Champagne Valentine and launched online in December this year.

Read more in RealTime here.

Go to Christine McCombe's blog response to the recording here.

Read The Age background article here.

This project is supported through Aphids by the City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria, Sweet Design and private donations (thank you!).

Photo by Daisy Noyes