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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Will Todd’s charming opera for children was performed at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lews Carroll’s wonderful book.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It was last on stage 5–7 November 2015 as part of the Autumn 2015/16 season.

The Story

Alice is 11, and completely marvellous. She’s jolted from her boring school holidays by an encounter with a talking White Rabbit – who insists she follow him to a mysterious Wonderland…

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Composer Will Todd and librettist Maggie Gottlieb created their family opera Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Opera Holland Park in 2013. It was loved by audiences and critics alike – ‘one of the most charming, least condescending operas composed for children I have ever seen’ (John Allison, The Telegraph). The opera now moves inside for the first time as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first of Lewis Carroll’s beloved books.

The music for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a brilliantly eclectic mix of jazz, musical and opera – there’s the basso profondo Caterpillar’s rumbling ‘Wonderland Blues’, a countertenor Cheshire Cat, a coloratura diva Drink Me bottle and a furiously flustered pantomime dame of a Queen of Hearts. Gottlieb’s witty libretto moulds Carroll’s nonsense into a fun and engaging story that remains true to the original spirit of the book, and which will delight adults and children alike.

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