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Book of Longing by Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 13 May 2022 08:00 PM
Author / Presenters: Richard Piper

Due to popular demand, a new performance of Book of Longing has been added at 8pm on Saturday 14 May.

This multi-dimensional performance combines poetry, music, images and text in a complex and intoxicating meeting of two musical icons: Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass.

Composed by Philip Glass and adapted from Cohen’s 2006 poetry collection Book of Longing, this modern opera stars Richard Piper (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and features four singers, eight instrumentalists, and projections of Cohen’s drawings and poems. It’s a work that explores romance, biography, balladry, the dharma, limericks and rhymes.

Glass is the long-reigning emperor of modern classical music. Cohen spent his career melding pop, folk and Euro-cabaret with his existential-meets-erotic confessional style. Here, they summon the best in each other with a work of feverish passion and wily humour, full of spiritual striving, romantic yearning and witty self parody.

Join us at The Edge – Fed Square for a new production of this audacious, magnetic and convention-busting performance.

Book of Longing
Music by Philip Glass
Poems by Leonard Cohen

MSO Cybec Assistant Conductor 2022

RICHARD PIPER as the voice of Leonard Cohen

Emily Burke, soprano
Dimity Shepherd, mezzo
Martin Buckingham, tenor
Christopher Tonkin, baritone
and Young Artists of ACOCo

Directed by Linda Thompson

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Presented in partnership with Australian Contemporary Opera Co. and Fed Square.


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