Image credit: Opera Holland Park/Alex Brenner
The Red Queen
“It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
In 2006, a tuneful and fun new opera was commissioned by Opera Holland Park in London, and has since had hundreds of sold out performances. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has also been performed at the Linbury Studio Royal Opera – Covent Garden, and recently, was a smash-hit for Welsh National Opera.
Australian Contemporary Opera Company is set to present the live Australian premiere with an internationally renowned cast, supported by elite young Australian artists.The classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland comes to life in this quirky and delightful family opera.Will Todd’s film-like score, performed by a small orchestra, is an eclectic mix of jazz, musical and opera – perfectly accompanying the witty libretto to create a fun and engaging story that remains true to the original book.
ACOCo is a professional performing arts company based in Melbourne, made up of artists and practitioners from all over Australia.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Season February 2022
Performance dates Sunday 20th February – Sunday 13th March 2022
11-year-old Alice is jolted out of her bored daydreams in the school holidays when she meets a talking Rabbit who insists she follow him to a mysterious Wonderland…
In this fantastical place, Alice comes across a number of peculiar characters, including a relaxed Caterpillar, a happy Cat, a depressive Hare, a white Knight, a romantic Duchess, a mad Hatter and a sleepy Dormouse, and learns that all is not well in Wonderland; a mysterious (and very cross) Queen of Hearts seems distressingly keen to chop off everyone’s heads…
An eleven piece band accompanies the singers as they delve deeper into Wonderland, and the audience members follow the action across the field.
The Guardian, UK
“slick and zany – a tonic for these times”