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2009 Event Media Release - Camille O'Sullivan

MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday, 3 September 2009

Sydney Opera House presents
Camille O’Sullivan

3 – 14 November
The Studio

“We gave Camille five stars last year; after this performance, we’d give her six if we could.”  Metro (UK)

The raven-haired beauty Camille O’Sullivan wears her heart on her sleeve and has a voice to die for. Born to a French mother and an Irish father, Camille sings in French, English and German.

Often described as a cross between Sally Bowles, Patti Smith and PJ Harvey, this shining tour de force returns once more to her adopted Australian home following another five-star sold-out season in Edinburgh and supporting Jools Holland on his UK tour.

Last seen at The Famous Spiegeltent on the Forecourt in October 2008, Camille’s brand-new show unleashes her inner rock goddess with an eclectic selection of classics and obscure gems from the 20th and 21st centuries.  

Dark, different, confronting and captivating, Camille enjoys a formidable reputation for her intensely dramatic interpretations of the songs of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Kurt Weill, David Bowie and more.

“a mix of childlike joy and sophisticated temptress, with a voice that in turn cajoles, smoulders and belts out.” The Age

Backed by a quintet of local musicians in the intimate Sydney Opera House Studio, Camille swings from fragile to dangerous, cheeky to dramatic, in a provocative and sensual game of cat and mouse with the audience.

A true chameleon on stage, each song becomes a different character with its own story to tell. Return crowds cannot get enough of her and the uninitiated soon find themselves moved in ways they never dreamed of.

Expect fire and ice; tears and laughter, pure passion and drop-dead cool. This is not burlesque. This is not cabaret. This is the chance to be transported to places and spaces of fear, love and wonder.

Raised in Cork, Camille became absorbed in music whilst living in Berlin as an architecture student. Inspired by seeing great cabaret artists like Ute Lemper, Camille harboured designs on a career as a performer, but did not act on them until she spent 12 months recovering from a car accident.

As an actress, Camille co-starred alongside Judi Dench in the Academy Award nominated, Mrs Henderson Presents and appeared in the Gate Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd. Camille also won the Architectural Association of Ireland Award in 2000 and has exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Ireland as a painter.

 “a minx with Kate Bush looks and a voice to hypnotise a viper” The Guardian

SEASON DETAILS: Camille O’Sullivan
Dates/Times: Preview Tuesday 3 November at 8.15pm. Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 November at 8.15pm. Sunday 8 November at 7.30pm. Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November at 9.30pm. Saturday 14 November at 10pm.
Venue:  The Studio
Tickets: Fri and Sat tickets: $49 or $39 concession Other times: $45/$35. Preview  $40/$30
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online at
Duration: 90 minutes

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist, Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 146 121 /


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