Today, Saturday May 2nd, the Sydney Chamber Opera presents the world première performance of Elliott Gyger's opera Fly Away Peter, at the Carriageworks Bay 20, in Eveleigh.
Pierce Wilcox's libretto is based on David Malouf's novel.
World War One. 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. (reproduced from the Sydney Chamber Opera website)Three soloists (tenor, baritone, messo-soprano) are accompanied by a chamber ensemble consisting of clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, percussion, violin and double bass. Conducted by Jack Symonds, the singers Mitchell Riley, Jessica Aszodi and Brenton Spiteri will be directed by Imara Savage.