Biography

Mitch Riley is an Australian performing artist with wide-ranging abilities, covering opera and theatre, marionettes and clown. 

His interest in the voice, music-led theatre and the creation of new work has led to the premieres of more than fifteen works for the stage, as well as productions of existing works by Pascal Dusapin (O Mensch!, Passion), György Kurtág (...pas à pas - nulle part...), and Peter Maxwell-Davies (The Lighthouse). He has worked in France, Australia and the UK, with companies such as Sydney Chamber Opera, Manchester Collective, La Grande Fugue, l’Ensemble Offrandes, Opera Australia, and La compagnie des choses humaines.

He has also worked as director on different creations for clown, and most notably, Perte, which was performed at La Scala Paris in October 2020. He regularly leads theatre workshops for adults (the Rendez-vous théâtraux), and for school children (clown, marionettes and movement).

 

Artistic roles

Artistic Associate, Sydney Chamber Opera

http://sydneychamberopera.com/

Co-artistic director, La compagnie des choses humaines www.facebook.com/lacompagniedeschoseshumaines 

Studies

Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq

Professional course

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Bachelor of Music Studies (classical singing)

Other courses

Clown - Hervé Langlois (Royal Clown Company), Vincent Rouche (Cie du moment)

Marionnettes and object theatre - Nancy Rusek and Eric de Sarria (Mots de têtes Cie / Cie Philippe Genty), Jean-Louis Heckel et Einat Landais (La Nef – Manufacture d’Utopies), Camille Trouvé (Les Anges au Plafond)

Balinese mask and dance theatre - Frederic Tellier (Théâtre du Lin)

Professional

Director

Perte, work for solo clown by Ruthy Scetbon and Mitch Riley

La compagnie des choses humaines

La Scala Paris, 16-29 October 2020 (new dates to come)

Centre Paris Anim' Les Halles (2020), La Nef, Manufacture d'Utopies (2019)

La Gardienne d’immeuble (titre provisoire), work for solo clown by Ruthy Scetbon and Mitch Riley

La compagnie des choses humaines

Premiere 2022

Pièce courte pour deux clowns, a work for clown duo

Creation with Ruthy Scetbon and Anahid Gholami Saba - 2019

Development of J’ai des pieds en permanence by Isabelle Garcin, a work for solo clown

Cie Grosplaisir - 2018

Teacher

Les rendez-vous théâtraux

La compagnie des choses humaines

Theatre workshops for adults

Voz e matéria, young composer academy

Ensemble Offrandes - teacher/performer

La Fonderie, Le Mans, january-september 2020

A multidisciplinary approach to theatrical creation

2-day workshop, with Tal Reuveny

The extraordinary is beneath our eyes

Workshop series in movement and puppetry for children, with Ruthy Scetbon

Clowns : naïve beings, explosive poets,  extraordinary creatures

Workshop series in clowning for children, with Ruthy Scetbon

Private Singing/Voice lessons

Paris region, France

Mitch talks with Resonant Bodies Australia co-director Jane Sheldon about the influence his studies at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq have had on his approach to performing. They also discuss the voice, creating new work and the story behind The Shape of the Earth (premiered at the 2018 Resonant Bodies Festival Sydney)

Actor/Singer

V-I-T-R-I-O-L, Création chorégraphique, musicale et vidéo by Francesca Bonato et Aurélien Dumont

Ensemble Musica Nigella, Cie La Grande Fugue - actor/singer

La Chartreuse de Villeneuve-sous-Montreuil ; l'Université de Lille ;

7 Vallées - Manège de Cavalerie ; Festival Musica Nigella - Premiere 2021

 

From the other side of the mirror, Musical and theatrical portrait for actor and string quartet, with the music of György Kurtág

La compagnie des choses humaines - actor/co-author

Premiere 2022

Breaking Glass, four new Australian operas

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

World premiere, Carriageworks, March 2020

Oscar and Lucinda, opera by Elliott Gyger and Pierce Wilcox

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, 2019

Song cycle by Gilles Schuehmacher

Ensemble Offrandes - singer

World premiere, La Fonderie, Le Mans, 2019-2020

Jepthé, a dramatic oratorio for baritone, soprano and percussion by Josselin Roux

Ensemble Offrandes in collaboration with le Conservatoire du Mans - actor/singer

World premiere, Le Mans, 2019

The Shape of the Earth, opera by Jack Symonds and Pierce Wilcox

Resonant Bodies Festival Sydney, Sydney Chamber Opera and Carriageworks - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, 2018 

Composing Women, development of three new Australian operas

(The Invisible Bird by Bree van Reyk, The Tent by Josephine Macken, and The Commute by Peggy Polias)

Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NIDA - actor/singer

Workshop : « a program of professional development aimed at fostering and empowering women composers », Sydney, 2018

Inside Mr Enderby, a dramatic work for baritone and string quartet by Huw Belling and Pierce Wilcox

Manchester Collective - actor/singer

World premiere. Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, 2017

O Mensch!, a staged song-cycle for baritone and piano by Pascal Dusapin

Sydney Festival, Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

Australian premiere, Sydney, 2016

Passion, opera by Pascal Dusapin, in a production by Pierre Audi

Sydney Festival, Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

Australian premiere, Sydney, 2016

Victory Over the Sun, opera by Huw Belling, Pierce Wilcox and Justene Williams

Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, 2016

Fly Away Peter, opera by Elliott Gyger and Pierce Wilcox

Sydney Chamber Opera, Melbourne Festival - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, Melbourne, 2015

...pas à pas – nulle part..., by György Kurtág, in a world-first staging

Sydney Festival, Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

Australian premiere, Sydney, 2014

Mayakovsky, opera by Michael Smetanin and Alison Croggon

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, 2014

Three programs of musique from the Renaissance and Middle Ages

The Renaissance Players - singer

Sydney, 2014

Climbing Toward Midnight, opera by Jack Symonds

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, 2013

The Lighthouse, opera by Peter Maxwell Davies

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

Sydney, 2012

Through The Gates, a semi-staged song cycle featuring works by Bach, Schubert and Shostakovich

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

Biennale of Sydney, 2012

I Have Had Enough (Nunc Dimittis), opera by Jack Symonds

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, 2011

Notes from Underground, opera by Jack Symonds and Pierce Wilcox

Sydney Chamber Opera - actor/singer

World premiere, Sydney, 2011

Baritone in the chorus of Opera Australia

Sydney, Melbourne, 2011-2015

Marionettist

Méli-Méloup et la fille Verte, a work for children with puppets, shadow theatre and actors.

La Compagnie Méli-Méloup - actor/marionettist/co-author/co-director

Médiathèque Gulliver - St Denis, Ecole Jean Macé - Argenteuil, Centre des arts - Vernouillet, Hôpital d'Argenteuil, 2019

Les Dhouibs, directed by Jean-Louis Heckel

La Nef, Manufacture d’Utopies

Les Péchés de La Nef 3, 2018

 

Research and development of Forme-moi by Milena Milanova

Cie La Soif, 2018

2010 - present
2010 - present