Victorian Opera in partnership with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

2020 Community Engagement Project

The Pied Piper


The town of Hamelin is plagued by rats. The rodents have been eating cheeses out of vats and making nests in men’s Sunday hats. The desperate Mayor turns to a mysterious fellow in a gypsy coat of red and yellow, who with his magical charm rids the town of vermin. But, when the greedy Mayor refuses to pay, the townspeople are taught a lesson they will never forget.

Based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Robert Browning’s classic poem, this enchanting new family production with a surprise happy ending is told through song in traditional operatic format written by Artistic Director Richard Mills. Adults and children from the community perform alongside Victorian Opera’s artists and musicians of the TSO to tell this classic story with new perspectives.

Creative Team

Richard Mills Composer and Librettist

Elizabeth Hill Concept and Direction

Candice MacAllister Set and Costume Design

Joseph Mercurio Lighting Design

Peter Darby Lighting Realisation