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FLY – a chamber opera

25 August - 1 September

Lyric presents

FLY – a chamber opera

Composed by Barry Conyngham
Libretto by Murray Copland

25 August – 1 September 2019

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25 August – 1 September 2019

opening night: Sunday 25 August
duration: 90 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 7:30pm
Sunday 5pm
ticket price: $30 – $55
bookings: 03 9662 9966

Melbourne’s award-winning, boutique opera company presents this Australian work about Lawrence Hargrave: explorer, engineer, inventor and the man on the twenty dollar note. He led the world in the race to fly. This production features an outstanding cast, chamber orchestra and installation-style design based on Hargrave’s own inventions.

Composor: Barry Connyngham

Libretto: Murray Copland

Music Direction: Pat Miller

Director: Lara Kerestes

Design: ZUNICA

Performers: Lisette Bolton, Shakira Dugan, Sam Robert-Smith, Cameron Sibly and Caroline Vercoe


Barry Connyngham (Composer)
Barry Connyngham is an Australian composer and academic. He has over seventy published works and over thirty recordings featuring his compositions, and his works have been premiered or performed in Australia, Japan, North and South America, the United Kingdom and Europe. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne.

Pat Miller (Musical Director)
Pat Miller completed a Master of Music in Conducting at the University of Melbourne, studying under John Hopkins before making his professional debut leading the National Tour of Carmen for Oz Opera. Further training was through the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program and was followed by an apprenticeship at the Opera de Lyon. Pat is currently Chief Conductor of the Australian International Opera Company and Artistic Director of Lyric Opera of Melbourne.  Pat is also committed to nurturing the next generation of musicians as Conductor for Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra and as Music Director of Opera Scholars Australia.

Lara Kerestes (Director)
A directing graduate of VCA, Lara Kerestes is a director, dramaturg and teaching artist. Directing credits: Falling Petals, The Removalists, Il Signor Bruschino (Lyric Opera of Melbourne), Echo in our Walls (Outback Theatre for Young People), Fewer Emergencies, Sprout: A Radio Play, Tiger Country (Little Spoon Co.), Still, Pigeon (Bondi Feast Festival), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Gipsy Dancer, Wolf Lullaby, Cabaret and Bombshells. Lara has worked with such companies as  Playwriting Australia, Melbourne Theatre Co. and Malthouse Theatre, to name a few. Lara is a Green Room Award nominee for Best Direction in Opera.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $55
Concession: $30
Early Bird: $30 limited availability for Tuesday 27 August


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25 August
1 September
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