Fly - An Australian Opera

Composed by Barry Conyngham, Fly tells the story of inventor and explorer Lawrence Hargraves. Performed by the Victoria State Opera.

Inventor and explorer, Lawrence Hargraves, dreamt of being the first man to achieve powered flight. His extraordinary inner heroism, moral integrity and sometimes quirky but always fascinating personality are brought to life in Fly. Accessible and attractive music with beautifully scored orchestral and vocal lines. Includes notes and full libretto, specially annotated for the listener.


Barry Conyngham

Born in Sydney Australia, Barry Conyngham has received numerous awards, prizes and grants for composition, including Churchill (1970), Harkness (1972-74), Australia Council (1974-5), and Senior Fulbright (1982) Fellowships. He has an ARIA, two Sounds Australian Critics Awards and two Maggs Awards.

Press quotes

“... a musical triumph ... an assured and mature work that generates its own inner radiance.”

— Nadine Amadio,

“It is clearly a major Australian opera. If we ever we have a native repertory, 'Fly' will be part of it.”

The Age

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Where to buy

Fly - An Australian Opera can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
75 minutes 59 seconds
Paul Petran
Lou Szabolics
Peter Thorp
Martin Wright
Thanks to
Australia Council
Release date
© 1984 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
℗ 1987 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Vocal
Catalogue number
MD 3076
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574307627