Scored for: A cast of 12 soloists, SATB chorus and flute/alto sax, trumpet, trombone, percussion [drums, cymbals (kit style for 1 player), glock, sound FX various] accordion, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass, piano
Duration: 70 mins
Additional Info: Commissioned by Opera Holland Park in 2013 with words by Maggie Gottlieb, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was first performed in July 2013. It was performed for five consecutive years at Opera Holland Park to sell out audiences, meeting with rave reviews. It was also produced at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 2015.
The opera in available on the Signum Classics album Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, featuring the cast of the Opera Holland Park show.
I Flew High In My Dreams is a song from this opera and is available as a separate vocal score.
A cut down and simplified version of the opera exists called Wonderland Restored. Commissioned by Opera North for their Big Sing regional education project in 2019, this 40 minute version of the original opera uses a reduced cast and simplified songs for Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).
Please see here for more information about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland performances, casts and reviews.
The main character, Alice, is 11 and completely marvellous. This is a soprano role.
The mezzo soprano playing the role of Alice's Mother also plays the Mad Hatter. They share certain characteristics such as being highly strung. Alice's mother is a frustrated romantic.
Alice's Father is also the Queen of Hearts played by a tenor. The Queen of Hearts is extremely fierce but possibly, beneath, she is just misunderstood....
Alice's two gluttonous siblings are voracious and evil. They are also Tweedledum and Tweedledee who can be palliated with food offerings. These roles require a soprano and mezzo soprano.
The White Rabbit is a lapin superstar undertaken by a baritone singer.
Bottle is a singer and purveyor of dodgy liquids - and a bit of a prima donna. Requires a soprano.
The role of the Dormouse who is very tired and often found in the environs of tea is played by a soprano.
Cheshire Cat played by a countertenor is a sarcastic cat, he comes and goes as he pleases. He can be catty or feline, depending on his mood but don't be fooled by that smile.
Caterpillar is a dreamer of dreams and smoker of things. This role requires a bass/baritone voice.
Humpty Dumpty is a pompous egghead and played by the same singer as the Duchess who is mad, very forgetful and highly romantic. This is a soprano role.
The baritone March Hare is a hare with depressive tendencies. The same singer plays the White Knight, a chivalrous idealist with limited practical use.
4 (or more) Victorians SATB
Will Todd introduces Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, with excerpts of the music and insights into the creative and collaborative process.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is published by Tyalgum Press in collaboration with Opera Holland Park.
Vocal Scores, Full Score and Instrumental Parts are available for hire through Tyalgum Press in the UK. Price on application.
PLEASE NOTE ANY PUBLIC PRODUCTION OF THIS WORK MUST SECURE RIGHTS FROM THE PRODUCERS C/O TYALGUM PRESS
Vocal Score ISMN 9790570700035, Catalogue Number TP700035
Full Score and Parts ISMN 9790570700042, Catalogue Number TP700042
Instrumentation: Fl/A Sax, Trptt, Trb, Perc [drums, cymbals (kit style for 1 player), glock, sound FX various], Acc, Vln 1, Vln 2, Vc, Db, Pno