Performance dates & times

Thursday 13 Sep
8:00 PM (Preview)
Friday 14 Sep
8:00 PM (Preview)
Saturday 15 Sep
8:00 PM (Opening Night)
Wednesday 19 Sep
8:00 PM
Friday 21 Sep
8:00 PM
Saturday 22 Sep
2:00 PM
Sunday 23 Sep
5:00 PM

Running Time 70 minutes, no interval

Price range

Previews (13 & 14 September)

Under 30

Evening & Matinee Performances

Under 30

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Opera has a habit of killing its heroines, but this one’s not going down without a fight.

Seven time Helpmann award-winner Emma Matthews performs a revealing and powerful musical confession inspired by her own journey and the many great opera heroines that she’s played. Can she make sense of the history that brought her here, or is her fate that of the many doomed opera heroines that have filled her life?

Set in the intimate Fairfax Studio, don’t miss this opportunity to experience the sublime voice of Australia’s greatest soprano, up close, consuming the space between artist and audience like never before. With music composed and performed by pianist Paul Grabowsky, a poetic libretto written by Steve Vizard, and Jamie Oehlers on Saxophone, this unique new work commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne is sure to become a modern classic.


We meet the artist as she reaches the pinnacle note, the cadenza, in the mad scene of Lucia di Lammermoor, just before she meets her untimely death…..not ready to sing her final note….. a note that could mark the end of not just this opera, but a life, a career, a journey. Through the power of her voice, time seems to stop, inviting us the audience to become voyeurs of her internal mutterings, struggles, memories, dreams, mortality, story. In this jumbled space of the artist’s deepest inner dreams, we share with her as she conjures up fragments of her life, the events that shaped and transformed her as a women and an artist and the dark forces that influence a career. The artist takes the audience through a night of her own delusions and remembrances of mortality, love, the purpose of existence, art and transcendence beyond the ephemeral here and now. Without a linear trajectory, the Space Between sits within the fragile, elusive half-remembered, half-imagined dreamscape of existential crisis.


Emma Matthews, Lead Performer
Australia’s most highly awarded soprano, with 7 Helpmann Awards to her name, Matthews performs with Opera Australia, all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras and festivals.
Paul Grabowsky AO, Musical Director / Pianist
One of Australia's most distinguished performing artists - an acclaimed pianist, composer, arranger and conductor - Grabowsky has won multiple ARIA awards including for Best Jazz Album as well as two Helpmann Awards.
Jamie Oehlers, Saxophone
One of Australia’s leading jazz artists and saxophonists, Oehlers has won numerous awards in Australia and abroad including the World Saxophone Competition and a Jazz “Bell” Award for Best Australian Jazz Artist.
Matthias Schack-Arnott, Percussion
Roy Theaker, Violinist
Paul Zabro, Cellist


Paul Grabowsky AO
Steve Vizard
Leticia Caceres
Set and Costume Design
Rebecca Hayes & Esther Hayes, The Sisters Hayes
Lighting Designer
Nick Schlieper
Sound Designer
Ben Grayson
Liza McLean

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