Ears Wide Open | Suitable for all

Shakespeare and Music



Mairi Nicolson host
Melody Eötvös
Pamela Rabe
Johannes Fritzsch

Come on a journey of words and music as we explore Australian composer Melody Eötvös’ work Ruler of the Hive and examine Shakespeare’s relationship with women.

Featuring portrayals of Shakespeare’s greatest characters by award-winning actor Pamela Rabe as well as excerpts from Ruler of the Hive, conversation host Mairi Nicolson will speak to Eötvös, Rabe and conductor Johannes Fritzsch about this powerful work, investigating Eötvös’ writing and collaboration process, as well as Shakespeare’s ongoing influence on composers throughout history.

Ears Wide Open is MSO’s talks and ideas program celebrating our music and artists through informative presentations, conversations, behind the scenes demonstrations and participatory workshops.

The MSO will perform Shakespeare and Music as part of Ruler of the hive. Unlock the piece at Ears Wide Open then experience it in its full splendour in Hamer Hall.

This event will be filmed with cameras in the auditorium.

Attendance is capped at 75% or as permitted by government advice at the time of the performance. Please be aware the venue could be seated in the standard layout so you may be seated next to other patrons.

Please note: Face masks are required at all times you are in the venue for ages 12 and above.

Ears Wide Open is proudly presented by TarraWarra Estate
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The Ears Wide Open program is supported by City of Melbourne.
This event is supported by Creative Victoria.
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