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Chang'E and the Moon

a new opera by Rowen Fox

One remembers, one forgets….

 In the mists of time and legend, Chang’E, Goddess of the Moon, waits to be reunited with her husband, Hou Yi, at the fullness of the moon. Emerging unto herself anew with every cycle, she must come to grips with a love locked in ceaseless eternity: to recall and forget the lover who waits patiently for her.

Chang’E and the Moon, the new full-length chamber opera by Rowen Fox, is an innovative new work which skilfully reinvents the genre in a fusion of classical and contemporary sounds. Inspired by Chinese legend and art, and encompassing musical influences from traditional opera, music-theatre and Chinese classical music, Chang’E and the Moon blurs the lines between theatre and ritual, opera and musical, and between East and West.


Duration: 105 minutes



      Chang’E and the Moon premiered in concert at the Sydney Conservatorium Music Workshop on the 27th of February, 2016. It was subsequently presented over two nights on April 1st & 2nd, 2016 with limited staging at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts in the Blue Mountains, NSW. A cast of outstanding emerging artists was drawn from the Sydney Conservatorium School of Opera Studies and Vocal Performance, supported by an orchestra of nine talented local professional musicians.

Check out Chang'E and the Moon on Facebook and view pictures from the production. You can read John Shand's review of the performance here.





Aimee O’Neill             Chang’E

Michaella Ye Zhang     Mother Pearl

Julie Paik                    Nightingale

Joshua Oxley               Hou Yi

Tristan Entwistle        Old Yue

Jeremy Dubé               Imperial Envoy

Robert Adam               Herald



Libby Cooper, Lei Dai, Briony Davidson, Aleta Shang, 

Lucy Temby, Vuong Ngoc Long


Chang'E and the Moon received its first performance in concert at the Sydney Conservatorium, Feb 27th, 2016

Chang'E and the Moon received its first performance in concert at the Sydney Conservatorium, Feb 27th, 2016


Catherine Barrett                  Flute, Piccolo

Linda Jane Stacy                    Oboe, Cor Anglais

Bronwyn Kirkpatrick             Clarinets, Shakuhachi

Alison Egan                            French Horn

Rebecca Daniel                      Violin

Sam Harding                          Violin, Viola

Trish McMeekan                   Violoncello

Margo Adelson                      Piano

Kaylie Dunstan                      Vibraphone, Percussion


               conducted by Rowen Fox