Work that reflects the complicated times in which we live, providing new ways of speaking, listening and interpreting.
Chamber Made Opera aspires to be recognised nationally and internationally as a maker of outstanding interdisciplinary performance works.
We make intimate, collaborative and interdisciplinary work for the purpose of provoking artists and audiences to explore difficult questions within a strong artistic framework.
We seek to interrogate the role and function of voice (sung, sounded and spoken) within the larger compositional and dramaturgical framework of each piece.
We make a space for both artists and audiences who are hungry to interrogate the status quo and step into unknown territory. Chamber Made Opera creates work that deliberately provokes debate around both form and content. Every work is completely original. We make new works that explore questions of current social, political and cultural currency.
Chamber Made Opera was established in 1988 by founding artistic director Douglas Horton and founding General Manager Stephen Armstrong.
The company has been steered by two Artistic Directors, Douglas Horton (1988 – 2009) and David Young (2009 – 2014) and, since 2014, by a new artistic model with Creative Director Tim Stitz and four Artistic Associates: Sarah Kriegler, Tamara Saulwick, Christie Stott and Erkki Veltheim.
CMO has built a reputation for creating era and artform-defining works which have attracted critical and audience acclaim and consternation. David Young spearheaded the Living Room Opera series, establishing a new approach to art making that was site responsive, patron driven, and resulted in works that were nimble and intimate in nature. The model was also a success in how it fostered collaboration and partnerships with a variety of artists and small companies.
The current artistic model has collaboration and interdisciplinary practice at its heart. It enables and demands an ongoing dialogue about artistic direction and priorities for the company. An overt focus on chamber opera has evolved into a broader focus on creating works that reimagine how music, performance and design can converge. The works emerging from this model are engaging and complex.
Chamber Made Opera acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and pays its respects to their Elders past and present.
Chamber Made Opera is a not-for-profit association incorporated in Victoria, with Australian Taxation Office-endorsed Tax Concession Charity and Deductible Gift Recipient status.
ABN 84 490 162 765
Incorporation number A0016507A