I was very familiar with Strindberg’s Ghost Sonatabefore I was commissioned to direct Aribert Reimann’s adaptation for Opera Australia. I studied performing arts at Monash Uni, and it’s one of those great cornerstones of modernist theatre that everyone reads. It’s almost Shakespeare, in that you’re not really allowed to be dramatically literate unless you’ve read a bit of Ibsen and Strindberg.

Ghost Sonata

Reimann is a composer who’s definitely experiencing a big...

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