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‘Happily Ever Afters’ continue as Victorian Opera returns to Arts Centre Melbourne for another enchanting fairy tale opera for family audiences. A very fussy Prince is perpetually dissatisfied with the parade of Princesses introduced as potential brides and wonders if he’ll ever meet his true love. One evening, a young Princess arrives at the castle, drenched with rain and seeking shelter. The Prince is captivated by her, but she must first prove herself a true Princess. A single pea is hidden beneath a tower of mattresses to test her Royal sensitivities.
American-emigrant composer Ernst Toch’s musical rendition of Hans Christian Andersen’s treasured story The Princess and the Pea receives its Australian premiere in this charming family production.
Sung in German with English scene descriptors by a cast of opera’s brightest talent, Libby Hill returns to direct following her adored productions of Hansel and Gretel, Alice’s Adventures in Operaland and Cinderella.