Sound Text

Sound Text


The language of protest and resistance provides the music for this thought-provoking small chamber opera.

In Sound Text, political writings are ingeniously transcribed into harmonies and then layered with historical song melodies ranging from Reconstruction-era spirituals to French Revolutionary ballads.

Created by renowned US conceptual artist Charles Gaines with musical arrangements by Sean Griffin of Opera Povera, Sound Text is a unique fusion of art and music. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Score at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Engaged through The University of Melbourne-Melbourne Recital Centre Learning Partnership.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, in association with Melbourne Festival


Charles Gaines
Sound Text


Brett Kelly, conductor
Dimity Shepherd, mezzo soprano
David Rogers-Smith, tenor
Laurence Matheson, piano
Quartz String Quartet:
Kathryn Taylor, violin
Philippa West, violin
Merewyn Bramble, viola
Zoe Wallace, cello