Traversing the Void

A new contemporary chamber opera for voice, string quartet, and wind ensemble, composed by the Icelandic composer Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir, with the libretto by Blue Mountains local, Jo Truman.

Eight contrasting movements take the listener on a journey, viewing the Blue Mountains through the eyes
of a wild cockatoo. Exploring the dissonances between wild and urbanised spaces, bushfire and related contemporary existential dilemmas.

Featuring the Blue Mountains Kanimbla Quartet and award-winning soprano Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir, twice
voted Iceland’s best classical singer. With the Marais Project; Jenny Eriksson (viola de gamba), Tommie Andersson (lute) and Susie Bishop (voice and violin), and The Blue Mountains Suite - three short works written by Rebecca Daniel and performed by the Kanimbla Quartet.

New work acknowledgement:

“Hraun” - (text by Steingrimur Thorsteinsson) performed by Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir, Susie Bishop and Josephine Truman, and the Marais project.

“Woolloomooloo” (text by Kirsten Tona) performed by Hallveig Rúnarsdóttir, Susie Bishop and Josephine Truman, and the Marais Project. 

Image of cockatoo by Merryl Watkins

This performance was made possible by Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Tomanelli Inc. and also by STEF, Iceland.


Produced by

Jo Truman

Composed by

Hildigunnur Rúnarsdóttir

Event and ticketing details


Wheelchair Access
Assistive listening Assistive Listening

Dates & Times

Performance SAT 11 MARCH 2023 - 7pm


Adult $45.00
Concession $40.00 - A valid concession card is required
Student/Youth $35.00 - A valid student/proof of age card is required
Group $37.50 - Per person for groups of 4 or more
Booking fee $3.50 - A one-off booking fee applies per transaction. This is regardless of the number or value of items purchased.


Blue Mountains Theatre

106 Macquarie Road

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