Myth meets modern woman in this contemporary reimagining of the Lorelei legend. 

Three sirens of song – the Lorelei – sit atop the cliffs of the River Rhine enchanting sailors with their alluring songs. The Lorelei take no prisoners, with sailors losing their focus... and ultimately their lives on the rocks below.

But are the Lorelei growing tired of singing sailors to their deaths? Can they help being so irresistible?

Join Ali McGregor, Antoinette Halloran and Dimity Shepherd for this tantalising journey of self-discovery combining cabaret, burlesque and opera. 

“Devastatingly entertaining.” The Herald

Sung in English.

Complimentary pre-performance talks are held prior to the performances on 10 and 13 March 2021.


In her human form, Lore Lay was a beautiful woman waiting for her lover to return over the seas. Spurning all the advances of the local men, because she would not give herself to them, she was cruelly sentenced to give herself to God. On her way to serve her sentence in a remote nunnery, she comes upon the Lorelei rock and thinking she sees her lover in the Rhine, she throws herself into the water and to her death.

Transformed into a siren, her voice was said to pull men under her spell and onto the rocks.

In this modern interpretation of the myth, when the Lorelei fell from the cliff, she was split into three – Lorelei A, B and C who all embody a different version of her story.

The audience joins the Lorelei as passengers on a cruise ship travelling down the River Rhine, having heard their alluring call.

But questions are beginning to niggle our irresistible sirens: are they tiring of singing sailors to their deaths and do the men really deserve to die?

Will they change their tune and their identity in the process?

Set sail with the Lorelei and watch their journey unfold. As the music shifts inspiration from tango to pop to Latin with strong percussive sounds from the 12-piece orchestra, the creative team takes the Lorelei myth and uses it as a framework to explore what it means to be a woman under a patriarchal society’s gaze.

From concept to the stage, Lorelei is brought to life by a largely female creative team and cast.

Creative Team & Cast

Creative Team

Music Julian Langon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff
Lyrics Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff
Orchestration Julian Langon
Concept by Ali McGregor
Musical Director Phoebe Briggs
Director and Dramaturg Sarah Giles
Set & Costume Designer Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer Paul Jackson


Lorelei A Dimity Shepherd
Lorelei B Ali McGregor
Lorelei C Antoinette Halloran

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

To allow us to share the joy of opera with you safely, we will continue to follow Covid Safe plans for all performances at all venues.


    Please note this production contains coarse language and adult themes.

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