Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Trust

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Sappho Project

Sappho (1963), the last opera of Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, is to be heard for the first time in her centenary year, 2012. A world premiere recording is planned for July with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chorus in Lisbon, with KS Deborah Polaski singing the title role under the musical direction of young Australian conductor Jennifer Condon.

The production company, Owl's Nest Opera, has been established to facilitate this recording and then to bring Sappho to the world stage. The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' Trust Public Fund is pleased to act as the auspicing body for this historic event.


The Recording Appeal will fund the project through to the production of a complete CD recording. The internationally renowned soloists have generously agreed to waive their fees, so funding is only required for the orchestra, chorus and music/recording team in Lisboa.


The Sappho on Stage Appeal is to financially secure the future of the opera on the world stage. The world premiere is to take place in Australia, performed almost entirely by Australian musicians. We hope then to take the production across several continents.

Key areas of expenditure?

APPEAL 1: The Recording Appeal

  • Fees: Gulbenkian Orchestra & Chorus; Recording Team in Lisboa.
  • Travel and Accommodation costs: Soloists and Music Staff
  • Score Production and Printing

APPEAL 2: The Sappho on Stage Appeal

Any costs not met entirely by the companies involved in the co-production with Owl's Nest Opera, including:
  • Production costs
  • Singer sponsorship
  • Touring expenses
  • Orchestra & Chorus fees

Contact Details

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