By Barry Conyngham, Lyric Opera of Melbourne. Forty-Five Downstairs. Director: Lara Kerestes. Conductor: Pat Miller. August 25 – September 1, 2019.
Fly is an Australian opera composed by Barry Conyngham which debuted in 1984 with the late, lamented Victorian State Opera. The subject is Lawrence Hargrave, an Australian engineer, explorer, astronomer, inventor and aeronautical pioneer.
I found this opera quite approachable. The music enhanced the drama and flowed lyrically. The venue was just a square brick box with very lively acoustics. Unfortunately, words were sometimes lost when performers were not facing the audience. However, generally diction was very good.