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Mervyn Burtch Mark Morris


 
 
               
Coyote and the Winter that Never Ends
 
  Wizard Things

 

 

The Raven King

KidsOp's most successful opera

  Casablanca, you must be joking...

 
  Jason and Hanna

children-in-war opera
  On Christmas Eve

companion piece to Amahl and the Night Visitors

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...

 
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  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.
  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.
  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.


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  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.
  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 6 chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
- High School students can take adult roles
- grades 3 to 6 chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
- High School students can take adult roles
- grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists - grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
- senior high school/university students can take adult roles
- grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
- senior high school/university students can take adult roles
- grades 3 to 8, chorus, soloists, and instrumentalists
- professional or semi-professional adult roles
- adult string quartet
performed in:
Canada
Wales
  performed in:
Canada
England
Wales
  performed in:
Canada
England
Wales
Ireland
Mexico
South Africa
  performed in:
Canada
Wales
  performed in:
Canada
Wales
   
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