A round-up of upcoming performances of Roald Dahl operas and orchestral performances around the world
Some of you may not be aware that there are two operas and eleven orchestral pieces with narration that are based on Roald Dahl’s stories. Many young listeners have discovered that enjoying Roald Dahl’s subversive wit in this context is the perfect introduction to the world of classical music.
The pieces are performed all over the world, so here is a run-down of the juiciest upcoming events and performances...
Little Red Riding Hood (by Paul Patterson) is one of the most popular of the Roald Dahl orchestral works and has received hundreds of performances since its premiere in 1992. It will be performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on 13th September (Roald Dahl Day) at the Victoria Concert Hall with the madcap puppetry of Dandi Productions adding a bit of extra sparkle to the occasion.
Fantastic Mr Fox arrives in San Antonio, Texas in operatic form on 23-28 September in a new production with spectacular costumes designed by young British illustrator Emily Woodard. This charming family opera features Mr Fox and his comrades as well as a children’s chorus of singing trees.
This FUNharmonics family day on 26 October 2014 features Benjamin Wallfisch’s colourful symphonic realisation of The Toad and the Snail from Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to see the London Philharmonic Orchestra in concert, try out different orchestral instruments and take part in workshops.
For more information on all of these performances and to buy tickets, please visit the official websites.