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Three Marys

11 – 13 May 2023

In the Playhouse

Classical Music

Terror. Survival. Hope. Experience this hauntingly beautiful chamber opera, which tells the powerful story of three women’s journey at sea in exile from their homeland.

A dynamic new chamber opera for our times

Three Marys melds music, myth and imagination to create a moving story of exile, survival and hope. 

An international collaboration by award-winning artists composer Andrée Greenwell and librettist Christine Evans, this fully staged chamber opera tells an intergenerational story of a family of women who must flee for their lives. 

Inspired by the French medieval legend of the biblical Three Marys, the tale follows the perilous journey of Maria, Magdalena and Sarah-Marie as they are banished from their homeland and forced out to sea in an oarless boat. 

On their journey they encounter the opera’s Teen Chorus, the spirits of refugee children lost at sea – their memories and their names slipping away. Only Marzoug the fisherman is anchored to the land, by his promise to honour the stories of those thrown back by the ocean. He keeps watch. 

Stripped to the raw elements of exile, the ocean, and survival, the women’s voices echo across the ages as people from all backgrounds still undertake desperate ocean journeys in search of refuge. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House

A Green Room Music Production

Supporter and Funding Acknowledgements
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative
Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
NSW Government through Create NSW
Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals (CAIAF)
Opera Queensland
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)
Australian Cultural Fund (ACF)
Inner West Council
George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation

Cast and creatives



Sarah Marie
Samantha Hargreaves

Jessica O’Donoghue

Heru Pinkasova

Eddie Muliaumaseali'i

Featured Choral Vocalist
Charbel Moussa

Teen Chorus
NSW Public Schools Singers, The Arts Unit


Andrée Greenwell

Christine Evans

Angela Chaplin

Simon Kenway

Choral Director
Elizabeth Scott

Set and Costume Designer
Anna Tregloan

Lighting Designer
Damien Cooper


Robert Love and Sean Moloney

Production Manager
Neil Simpson

Executive Producer
Andrée Greenwell

A Green Room Music production

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