Rubiks Collective – The Whisper Opera

Rubiks Collective

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Rubiks Collective


A love letter to live performance.

About the artists

Rubiks Collective put music at the heart of its practice, recognised as creators of powerful, polished and deeply personal artistic experiences. With interests spanning storytelling to cross-art collaboration, its dynamic performances delight and dazzle audiences with unique programming and virtuosity.

About the concert

Together with luminary soprano Deborah Kayser, Rubiks Collective present the Australian premiere of The Whisper Opera, David Lang’s intimate love letter to live performance. Join them for a delicate and deeply moving listening experience in Primrose Potter Salon, a space which befits the compositions intimacy.

‘What if a piece were so quiet and so intimate and so personal to the performers that you needed to be right next to them or you would hear almost nothing? A piece like this would have to be experienced live… it can never be recorded, or filmed, or amplified. The only way this piece can be received is if you are there, listening very, very closely.’ – David Lang, composer

Praise for Rubiks Collective

‘Rubiks Collective achieves the impossible. The vocal quartet is living, breathing proof that new compositions can be invigorating and inspiring, not merely intellectually niche.’ Sydney Morning Herald

The whisper opera is proudly supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants, Regional Arts Victoria and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

COVID Safety

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Deborah Kayser voice
Tamara Kohler flute
Gemma Kneale cello
Kaylie Melville percussion
Natasha Fearnside clarinet


David Lang
The Whisper Opera


This production is part of the following series: