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Kevin March / Simon Bruckard

Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse
17 Mar 2021 - 20 Mar 2021

Ancient myths for modern times.

Echo, a talkative nymph of the forest, is in love with Narcissus, who only loves himself. After she is rejected, Echo retreats to the caves, doomed to forever only repeat the words she hears. Narcissus is unable to tear himself away from his own reflection and turns into a flower on the riverbank.

The gift of prophecy becomes a curse when no one believes you. Cassandra foresees that the Trojan horse will lead to the downfall of her people, but her warnings go unheeded. The gods show mortals who’s boss.

Two Melbourne-based writing teams reimagine these timeless stories in a double bill of new works commissioned as a direct response to the coronavirus crisis.

Whether watching in the theatre or livestreamed, these prescient myths will foretell and entertain. Heed their moral lessons.



Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

Wednesday 17 March 2021, 7.30 pm
Friday 19 March 2021, 7.30 pm*
Saturday 20 March 2021, 1.00 pm

1 h 40, plus one interval

Sung in English with surtitles

*Livestream available

Digital Access

The performance of Echo and Narcissus / Cassandra on Friday 19 March at 7.30 pm will be livestreamed as part of our Virtual Victorian Opera program. You can purchase digital access as part of a subscription package or individually, with both live and on-demand streaming options.

Creatives & Cast

Conductor Simon Bruckard
Director Sam Strong
Set and Costume Designer Anna Cordingley
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson
Orchestra Victorian Opera Chamber Ensemble

Echo and Narcissus

Composer Kevin March
Librettist Jane Montgomery Griffiths


Echo Kathryn Radcliffe
Narcissus Nathan Lay
Female Ensemble


Composer Simon Bruckard
Librettist Constantine Costi


Priam Simon Meadows
Apollo Samuel Sakker
Cassandra Shakira Dugan

Season 2021 Sneak Peek: The New


Book Tickets

Single Tickets $39-$95

Price Type A-Reserve B-Reserve C-Reserve
Adult $76 $65 $39
Concession $85 $55 $39
Senior $90 $60 $39
30 Years & Under N/A $30 $30
Child $30 $30 $30
Arts Access N/A $30 $30

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