The feminist opera destroying the 'witches, bitches, britches' archetype

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Sabine Brix

An opera staged in a bathroom is delivering an important message about gender roles and equality.

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Chamber Pot Opera is performed in the unusual setting of a bathroom. Photo: Sam Boneham

When theatre director and sound designer Clemence Williams was studying classical voice at the Conservatorium, she was told women could only play three roles in opera: witches, bitches or britches.

About the author

Sabine Brix is a writer, editor, podcaster and electronic musician with a specific interest in personal storytelling that captures the essence of why people create. She was the former Online Content Producer at Archer Magazine and editor of the LGBTI website: Gay News Network.

She has produced sound art for BBC's Radio4  and composed music for the web series Starting From Now, which screened on SBS.

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