Cathy Milliken


Compositions // Opera


10.3.2022 Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London (Newest Edition)
“Night Shift”
for audience, ensemble, choir and soloists
Remix Ensemble Casa da Música-Porto
Conductor: Jonathan Stockhammer

24 & 25.6.2022 Adelaide Town Hall
Earth Plays V - Ediacaran
for orchestra (new part to Earth Plays cycle) WP
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Benjamin Northey

28 - 30.7.2022 Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall WP
Fifty Fanfares
Commission for orchestra
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Simone Young

3.8.2022 Concert Hall, QPAC; Brisbane
Piece 43 For Now
for Chamber Orchestra
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Elena Schwarz


  • 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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