THE PIED PIPER
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.
Richard Mills Composer and Librettist
Elizabeth Hill Concept and Direction
Candice MacAllister Set and Costume Design
Joseph Mercurio Lighting Design
Peter Darby Lighting Realisation