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AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY
OPERA CO
MAGGIE GOTTLIEB/WILL TODD

ALICE'S ADVENTURES
IN WONDERLAND

SUN 20 FEB - SUN 13 MAR 2022

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music by Will Todd
libretto by Maggie Gottlieb
design by Leslie Travers

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

Commissioned by Opera Holland Park UK
performed by arrangement with Tyalgum Press



"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!"
 

- THE RED QUEEN
 

Image credit: Opera Holland Park/Alex Brenner

The Show

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.

 

ACOCo 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.

 

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"Beg, borrow or steal a ticket for Alice in Wonderland this summer – this show is FANTASTIC, pure life-affirming joy."

 

- BBC Radio 3

The Story

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 young members of the audience occasionally follow the action across the field. 

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"slick and zany - a tonic for these times"

 

- The Guardian UK

Image credit: Opera Holland Park/Alex Brenner

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ALICE'S ADVENTURES
IN WONDERLAND
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Season 2022 Performances:

YARRA PARK, MCG, East Melbourne - March 6 & 13

Regional performances:
CRUDEN FARM, Langwarrin - February 20
ALOWYN GARDENS, Yarra Valley - February 27
BOLOBEK, Mt Macedon - March 12

 

Cruden Farm, Langwarrin

Sun 20 Feb, 2:00pm

Sun 20 Feb, 5:00pm

Alowyn Gardens, Yarra Valley

Sun 27 Feb, 2:00pm

Sun 27 Feb, 5:00pm

Yarra Park, MCG Precinct, Jolimont

Sun 6 Mar, 2:00pm

Sun 6 Mar, 5:00pm

Bolobek, Mount Macedon

Sat 12 Mar, 2:00pm

Sat 12 Mar, 5:00pm

Bolobek performances presented in association with

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Yarra Park, MCG Precinct, Jolimont

Sun 13 Mar, 2:00pm

Sun 13 Mar, 5:00pm

Tickets

Adults $77
Concession $55
Child (17 & Under) 27.50

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March Hare / White Knight

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Caitlin Toohey

Duchess/Bottle

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Leah Phillips

Dormouse

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Genevieve Droppert

Victorian

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Designer (OHP Original)

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White Rabbit

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Jerzy Kozlowski

Caterpillar

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Alexandra Amerides

Cheshire Cat

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Mitchell Sanders

Victorian

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Design/Adaptor

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Mum/Mad Hatter

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Jessica Mills

Brat/TweedleDee

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Sandra Liu

Humpty Dumpty

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Composer

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Dad/Queen of Hearts

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Brat/TweedleDum

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Victorian

Ellen Leather 2

Victorian