Kidsop operas for children and adults

 


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Wizard Things at Earl Buxton

Earl Buxton School

 

For details of the opera, click here

Costumes/props page here

mp3 rehearsal files here

More details to follow soon!



The Carpenteer and the Okinoru


Our most recent opera is a short (20-minute) work for children's chorus, two adults (tenor, baritone) and keyboard, and is based on an entertaining Japanese folk-tale. The composer is the young Canadian Samantha Semler, and the libretto is by Mark Morris.


If you are interested in performing one of the operas...
Clicking on the title of one of our operas in the operas list will take you to details about that opera, including the libretto.

We have Finale files available for all the operas, both full score and parts. If you would like to see a section of the full score for one of the operas in a Finale file or in a pdf, we will happily e-mail you one. Send a request to
enquiries@kidsop.com.

 


The operas



by Mervyn Burtch MBE and Mark Morris


Coyote and the Winter than Never Ends
The opera most suitable for elementary/primary schools to do on their own.
The story revolves around the search for an end to a terrible winter, with the animals quite convinced that the humans are deliberately prolonging the cold weather, and the humans equally convinced that the animals are responsible...

grades 3 to 6 chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
High School students can take adult roles

performed in: Canada and Wales


 

Wizard Things
A comic opera set in a mythical Welsh town, where the Town Council does not encourage children, but promotes the town as the birthplace of Merlin.
Into the town comes a rather dishevelled old man, who discovers the Council's views on children, and starts his magic...
Great fun for children to do, as they get to do all the things which they are told off about if they do them at school or home. They are bossy, annoying, disruptive, and at times far too nice.
It also has a layer of social commentary for adults and parents in the audience

grades 3 to 6 chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
Teachers and High School students can take adult roles

performed in: Canada, England, Wales


The Raven King

KidsOp's most successful, opera, seen in Canada (The Banff Festival of the Arts), Mexico (Morelia International New Music Festival), Wales (National Concert Hall of Wales and The Cave), Ireland (Wexford Festival Opera), South Africa, and at the children's proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

It is a full-length opera requiring professional, or semi-professional adult performers as well as a large children's chorus, child soloists, and instrumentalists.

The story, loosely inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, revolves around the attempts of a Wizard to introduce humans onto an island occupied only by animals ruled by the Raven King.

A Spanish translation is available.

grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
professional or semi-professional adults

performed in: Canada, England, Wales, Ireland,
Mexico, South Africa


Casablance, you must be joking!


The zaniest of the KidsOp operas, with pantomime and surrealist elements. It has provoked quite strong reactions for and against, but children love performing it, because of those zany elements.

Needs an adventurous designer and production crew, professional or semi-professional adult singers, and six adult instrumentalists in addition to child instrumentalists.

grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
senior high school/university students can take adult roles
adult string quartet

performed in: Canada, Wales


Jason and Hanna
An opera about children in war zones, whose story-line, inspired by a true story in Boasnia, has echoes of Romeo Juliet.

Set in a small town on in a country whose civil war is getting closer, the opera gives children (and adults) a look at how such conflicts start, and how children become involved. Its libretto is recommended by PBS as the basis for a lesson plan for grade 9-12 children to create a new Romeo and Juliet script.

grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
senior high school/university students can take adult roles
adult percussionist needed

performed in: Canada, Wales


On Christmas Eve

A Christmas period opera for all faiths, inspired distantly by Dickens.

Set in an orphanage in the 1800s, it tells the tale of how a new orphan arrives, and finds a institution only interested in making the children work. A young staff member shows her how to have hope, and the miracle of the Christmas rose, flowering in the middle of winter, changes the orphanage for ever.

Although designed to stand on its own, it was also developed with the possibility of double-billing with Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.

grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
senior high school/university students can take adult roles


By Samantha Semler and Mark Morris The Carpenter and the Okinoru

A short (20-minute) opera based on a Japanese folk-tale, originally designed for outdoors, but equally plausible in a school gym or theatre.

grades 3 to 6 chorus
professional/university students/good amateur singers can take adult roles

Performed in Canada

 


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Raven King sets and costumes

Casablanca, you must be joking! photographs

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