Cathy Milliken


Compositions // Opera


An opera for Chamber Opera, Sydney and Ensemble Offspring.

CONNECT - a commission from Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, ASKO and Porto Remix Ensemble.


  • ACH! Fast eine Funkoper

    A collaborative work commissioned by the Münchener Biennale for Musik und Theater. Including 80 residents of Munich, Volkshochschule Munich, soloist musicians, actor and soprano Jessica Aszodi. Composers and directors: Cathy Milliken, Dietmar Wiesner, Robyn Schulkowsky. Premiere 24.5.20 Schwerer Reiter Munich as part of the Biennale, Munich.


  • Opera of Objects.

    for oboe, percussion, piano, objects and voices. A collaborative work by Erik Griswold, Cathy Milliken and Vanessa Tomlinson. Text by Craig Foltz. Premiere 9.11.2018

  • Romeo's Passion

    for 2 sopranos, 2 tenors, oboe, violin, piano. A musical-theatrical work for five singers, oboe, violin and piano. Premiere at the Hillbrow Theatre, Johannesburg and produced by Apthorp.


  • GAACH - a kind of Folk Opera

    A participative opera. A commission by Münchener Biennale 2016, to Cathy Milliken, Robyn Schulkowsky, Dietmar Wiesner and 200 Participants. Premiere in the Foyer of the Gasteig Philharmonic Hall on the 5.6.2016


  • Comfort Ye

    An opera based on stories, texts and songs by young South African singers. Composition- Georg Friedrich Handel, Cathy Milliken, Bloekombos Secondary School Choir. Directed by Robert Lehmeier. Produced by Umculo Festival/Shirley Apthorpe Director.


  • "Seven Attempted Escapes from Silence: Windows and Mirrors"

    Chamber opera, libretto: Jonathan Safran Foer Small orchestra Berliner Staatsoper


  • Mother tongue (Muttersprache)

    for speaker, soprano, baritone, violin, cello, piano, percussion and tape. Based on poems and prose by Rosa Ausländer. State Theatre Darmstadt; tape realised at ZKM studios, Karlsruhe.

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