El Kid - Opera Australia
February 2017 - September 2017
Opera Australia - NSW Schools Company
El Kid is Opera Australia's highly imaginative retelling of the Billy Goats Gruff, set to the music of the opera Carmen by Bizet. With elements of Cinderella and other well-known fables, the work, devised by director Liesel Badorrek and Michael Badorrek, explores "the courage you find when you believe in yourself, using the popular tunes of Bizet's Carmen to introduce the drama of opera to primary-school aged students."
With more than 400 performances accross the year and touring to more than 200 schools, the show is a fantastic way of introducing kids to the world of opera. Every show includes a Q&A session in which the students get to ask about the rehearsal process, the set, the costumes, the scores... allowing them to engage with the cast, breaking the barrier that we often find with opera.
For a full cast list and creative team overview follow this link.
Listen to a snippet of the troll's take on the famous habanera, 'I Love to Eat' from El Kid (after Bizet's Carmen), performed by Eugene Raggio (Troll) and Robert Greene (piano), with Angela Hogan, Jared Lillehagen, and Jessica Westcott.