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Opera by Will Todd
with libretto by Maggie Gottlieb


Commissioned by Opera Holland Park UK
by arrangement with Tyalgum Press

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Season 2022


"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


performance dates/details TBA

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 audience members follow the action across the field. 

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"slick and zany - a tonic for these times"

 

- The Guardian UK

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Image credit: Opera Holland Park/Alex Brenner