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Oscar and Lucinda

Peter Carey's landmark novel set in colonial era Sydney is now a new Australian opera.

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Oscar and Lucinda

Date: 17 Jun 2019

Peter Carey’s beloved novel Oscar and Lucinda is one of our nation’s artistic triumphs, winner of the Booker and Miles Franklin Awards.

Elliott Gyger is the composer who gave World War I phantasmagoric life in Fly Away Peter.

In May 2019, Gyger reunites with librettist Pierce Wilcox to transform Carey’s kaleidoscopic tale into a new opera, directed by Patrick Nolan.

Lucinda is an orphaned proto-feminist industrialist; Oscar believes he is touched by God.

They have nothing in common – except a maddening addiction to gambling. She calls it chance; he calls it providence. Oscar and Lucinda find each other in colonial-era Sydney, and nothing will keep them apart. Until they are torn by a wild dream: to build a cathedral of pure glass, and walk it into the Australian outback.

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