"Rien au monde, après l'espérance, n'est plus trompeur que l'apparence."
- Charles Perrault
Nicholas McRoberts, Australian composer and conductor, began work on his first opera “Lyon” in 1996. Fascinated by the tales of Perrault and the adaptation by Angela Carter, he undertook an amibitious adaptation of Bluebeard. The traditional tale was transformed little by little to "be more operatic" and the story eventually became more a modern psychological drama. The opera takes place in France, at the turn of the twentieth century. Lily (soprano), an impulsive young girl, falls in love with Lyon (baritone) a mysterious older man, to the despair of her Tutor (tenor) who also dreams of marrying her. Despite the reticence of her Aunt, (contralto), Lily marries Lyon and begins to discover his dark secrets and true nature.