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.
Set & Costume Design
Lloyd Van’t Hoff
Sydney Chamber Opera wishes to acknowledge the donors who made Fly Away Peter possible
Kim Williams AM
Hon Jane Mathews AO
Prof. Di Yerbury AO
Andrew Andersons AO
William Brooks & Alasdair Beck,
David Catterns QC
Stephen Burley SC
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