“Wallen’s music works perfectly here – sparse, witty but never simplistic.” (The Arts Desk)
"Wallen's piano-led score turns out to be a delightful mish-mash of influences cheerfully capable of quoting Bach and the theme from Mission Impossible in a single phrase. (Guardian, ****)
Opera North’s production of Errollyn Wallen’s opera for children, Cautionary Tales, based on the collection of poems of the same name by Hillaire Belloc, was well received by audiences and critics in its first run last year, and now the company has revived the show for a month-long tour in March 2012.
Drawing on five of Belloc’s poems, Wallen worked with long-time collaborator Pia Furtado, who adapted the poems and directs the production, to produce an action-packed work lasting a little under an hour. The opera is a fantastic introduction to the genre for children, and is the latest in a series of successful works for young people produced by Opera North.
The tour will take in Leeds, Lancaster, Hexham, Newark and Halifax, and tickets and further information are available from the Opera North website.
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