The Story


All aboard! You’re on a boat, sailing down the River Rhine in Germany heading toward a particularly tricky bend in the river. A bend which few vessels manage to navigate without crashing and where sailors always drown. 
Legend has it that it’s because of three sirens, the Lorelei, who sit atop the cliffs singing a song so alluring and irresistible that the sailors can’t seem to stay focused on the task at hand. You’ll meet this famous trio, who will prepare you to hear the most incredible songs of your life. 
But you’ve caught the Lorelei on an odd day. Because today they're wondering if they’re sick of singing sailors to their death. Do they all really deserve to die? Can the Lorelei help being so irresistible? 
The Lorelei seem to be having a crisis of conscience. Maybe they’ll shake things up a bit and see what happens if they change their tune. 

The Music


Lorelei is a new Australian operatic cabaret composed by Julian Langdon, alongside librettists Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff. A modern piece of music with classical sensibilities, it includes moments of terror, anger, beauty and humour. Covering diverse musical territory such as tango, pop and classical music, the gorgeous melodies and harmonies make it a joy for singers and easy for audiences to listen to. 



Want a preview of what Lorelei will sound like? Listen to our exclusive recording from the rehearsal room of our artists rehearsing with piano accompaniment.

 further reading 

4 Oct 2018
The creative team of Lorelei explains the idea behind this new Australian operatic cabaret which rewrites the siren myth for modern women.

Gillian Cosgriff & Casey Bennetto in workshop. Photo Beata Bowers

30 Oct 2018
A dress made from 140 metres of tulle that is too big to fit backstage. With her costume designs for Lorelei, Marg Horwell has taken female fashions to the extreme.