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Universal Woman

Start date: 18 Jan 2021 / End date: 23 Jan 2021
Next Event Date: 22 Jan 2021

Saint Marys Road, Sydney 2000


The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra celebrates the remarkable creative achievements of Hildegard von Bingen, the twelfth-century polymath whose life story and body of work continue to resonate through the ages.

Hildegard was a visionary and entrepreneurial German abbess who travelled widely as a linguist, mystic, scholar, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, poet and a composer. Nine centuries after her death, Universal Woman pays tribute to this iconic trailblazer with a moving and thought-provoking program curated by the orchestra’s celebrated artistic director, Paul Dyer.

The program also features a selection of Hildegard’s own songs and poems, narrated live by a prominent Australian actor.

A Sydney Festival exclusive, Universal Woman takes place inside the spine-tingling acoustics of St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, with five performances led by singers from the Brandenburg Choir as well as the Brandenburg musicians on period instruments.

Event dates for next 12 Months: 22 Jan 2021 | 23 Jan 2021