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Fly Away Peter

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Chamber Opera in association with Melbourne Festival

First performed at Carriageworks in Sydney 2-9 May, 2015.

“An impressive achievement”

The Australian

“A work of beauty and meaning”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“An unqualified triumph”


Music by Elliott Gyger
Libretto by Pierce Wilcox

David Malouf’s novel Fly Away Peter is a contemporary classic. Elliott Gyger is an Australian composer at the height of his powers. They return to World War One in this centenary year to create a profound new contribution to Australian opera, with a libretto by SCO’s Pierce Wilcox.

Jim Saddler is a visionary young birdwatcher thrust into the nightmare of the Western Front. Fly Away Peter travels from a land of life to a panorama of horror through Jim’s voice of delicate insight.

This is a story of the Australian spirit that begins at peace, builds into tragedy, and ends in transcendence.

Photograph: Library of Congress

Biographies of Cast and Creative Team

  • Conductor
  • Jack Symonds
  • Director
  • Imara Savage
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Elizabeth Gadsby
  • Lighting Design
  • Verity Hampson
  • Movement Director
  • Lucas Jervies
  • With
  • Mitchell Riley, Jessica Aszodi, Brenton Spiteri
  • Production Supporters
  • Jim Alexander, Roger Cruickshank, Tony Jones, Josephine Key, Robert Mitchell
  • Date & Time
  • 7:30pm Weds 21, Fri 23, Sat 24 October 2015
  • Venue
  • Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
  • Tickets
  • $30-48
  • With Thanks To
  • Keely Jobe - Carpenter
  • Acknowledgements
  • Sydney Chamber Opera wishes to acknowledge the donors who made Fly Away Peter possible
  • Executive Producer
  • Kim Williams AM
  • Producers
  • Martin Dickson, Hon Jane Mathews AO, Prof. Di Yerbury AO
  • Associate Producers
  • Andrew Andersons AO, William Brooks & Alasdair Beck, David Catterns QC, Jennifer Solomon
  • Production Friends
  • Stephen Burley SC, Rowena Cowley, Terry Matthews, Wendy Michaels
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