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Victorian Opera presents: The Princess and the Pea

March 25, 2017

$40 – $45

Could a single pea beneath your mattress ruin your night’s sleep?

‘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. This charming 50-minute family production is sung in German by a cast of opera’s brightest talent. Libby Hill returns to direct, following her productions of Hansel and Gretel, Alice’s Adventures in Operaland and Cinderella.

Presented in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne.

Three performances only
11.00am, 2.00pm and 5.00pm

Conductor Fabian Russell
Director Libby Hill
Set & Costume Designer Candice MacAllister
Lighting Designer Peter Darby

The Princess Olivia Cranwell
The Prince James Egglestone
The Queen Kathryn Radcliffe
Der Minister Michael Petruccelli
The Councillor Michael Lampard

Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra



March 25, 2017
$40 – $45


Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Rd
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