Fifty children from across the north will be taking to the stage at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal on Sunday 28 April, as the Opera North Children’s Chorus perform a new production inspired by Mozart’s much-loved opera The Magic Flute.
Don’t Call a Dragon a Worm has been specially written for the 8 to 12-year-olds by director, writer and performer Anthony Haddon. He turns the spotlight on the dragon who puts in a very brief appearance at the start of Mozart’s fantastical opera and who, it turns out, is not pleased to have been given such a minor role or to have been treated so badly. Anthony narrates the piece assisted by the young singers who also perform a selection of Mozart melodies.
The Children’s Chorus meet on a weekly basis to perfect their vocal technique and master all aspects of musicianship under the guidance of Opera North’s choral delivery artists. This performance brings together the young singers from both the Newcastle and the Leeds choirs. Accompaniment is provided by musicians Sylvia Hallett on accordion and Polly Virr on cello, with Nicholas Shaw conducting.
Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said: “The members of the Opera North Children’s Chorus never cease to amaze us with their enthusiasm, talent and dedication. They are really delighted to be making their Richmond debut at such a beautiful, historic venue and are looking forward to convincing the audience that dragons should definitely be taken seriously as the action unfolds on stage.”
Don’t Call a Dragon a Worm lasts around 40 minutes and has been created to appeal to adults and children alike. There are performances at 2pm and 4pm on the Sunday afternoon with tickets available for £5 from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or online at: www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/. More information on the Children’s Chorus and how to register for an audition can be found at www.operanorth.co.uk/.
PHOTO: Opera North Children’s Chorus perform The Spiders' Revenge. Photo credit Tom Arber