The Nightingale and Other Fables | Adelaide Festival | 1-6 Mar 2024

The Nightingale and Other Fables

Returning to Adelaide Festival for the first time since 2018, the internationally acclaimed Canadian auteur, Robert Lepage, brings his brilliant imagination and a lush aesthetic to Igor Stravinsky’s The Nightingale and Other Fables.

The Nightingale, Stravinsky’s first opera, was written between 1908-13 during the composer’s Russian period, at the same time as he was working on some of his greatest masterpieces, such as The Firebird and The Rite of Spring. Inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, this captivating work is blended with Russian fables and musical influences from Asia, Europe and early jazz from America.

Stories unfurl through acrobatic shadow play and Taiwanese hand puppets, before moving on to the ancient art of Vietnamese water puppetry for the spectacular telling of The Nightingale.

These stunning visual elements are the perfect complement to Stravinsky’s music, brought to life by a superb cast of singers from Ukraine, the United States, Canada and Australia, the State Opera South Australia Chorus and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. It’s a true feast for the senses.

With exquisite music, beautiful puppetry and captivating stories, The Nightingale and Other Fables combines the best of Stravinsky and the imagination of Lepage in a program that will delight audiences of all ages.

Duration 2hrs 10mins (including interval) | Note: performed in Russian with English subtitles 

Show Dates & Times:

  • Friday 1 March 2024 – 7:30pm
  • Sunday 3 March 2024 – 5:30pm
  • Tuesday 5 March 2024 – 7:30pm
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024 – 6pm


Tickets start from $60. 


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What: The Nightingale and Other Fables

When:    Friday 1 March – Wednesday 6 March 2024 | See times above

Where:  Festival Theatre | Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Dr, Adelaide

Who:   Recommended for ages 10+

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