Soprano Emma Matthews is set to appear in the world premiere of The Space Between, a new song cycle from composer Paul Grabowsky and writer Steve Vizard.

Directed by Leticia Caceres, the work (commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne) is a tribute to the history of the operatic heroine, functioning as a kind of memory play.

“Paul and Steve have written me a stunning, theatrical song cycle,” says Matthews. “It’s profound, angry, sexy, and incredibly challenging. Two opposing art forms coming together, in a way that’s truly compelling. I’m thrilled to be joining forces with my WAAPA friend and colleague Jamie Oehlers [who will playing the saxophone], and to be a part of creating a new musical language.”

“The creative team on The Space Between combines cross generational vision with vastly diverse and deep immersion in many performance styles and media,” said Grabowsky. “As composer I am inspired by three major factors: the beautifully lyrical libretto of my friend Steve Vizard, the virtuoso improvisatory talents of Jamie Oehlers, and especially by the consummate musicianship and superb artistry of the great Emma Matthews. This project brings together various passions into one Space.”

“There is such overwhelming beauty and bravery witnessing the heartfelt revelations of an artist, like Emma Matthews, as she bares all in such an intimate, revealing and powerful musical confession,” said writer Steve Vizard.

The Space Between has its world premiere this September.


The Space Between plays the Arts Centre Melbourne from September 15 – 23

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