Award winning independent company Australian Contemporary Opera Co (ACOCo) celebrates a return to live performance, kicking off their 2022 season with the Australian premiere of London’s Opera Holland Park smash-hit production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

This feel-good, family friendly garden production will be staged in Yarra Park, right in the heart of Melbourne’s premier sports precinct, as well as Macedon, the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.

Premiering in 2013 and running for five consecutive sell-out annual seasons in London, Will Todd (composer) and Maggie Gottlieb’s (librettist) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is designed to delight adults and children alike. The witty libretto shapes Lewis Carroll’s familiar nonsense into a relatable story that remains true to the madcap spirit of the classic book. Led by a collection of celebrated Wonderland characters, a chorus of Victorians (folk from the historic era and our state) and a nine piece orchestra, the music is an eclectic mix of jazz, musical and opera.

Featuring Berlin-based conductor MATTHEW TOOGOOD in his first visit home in four years (after conducting in opera houses in Germany and Switzerland), the show stars American soprano Melissa Davis as Alice, Australian baritone Christopher Tonkin (recently returned from Germany) as White Rabbit, Australian/Chinese tenor Daniel Zhiesong Todd as Dad/Queen of Hearts and American/Australian mezzo Heather Fletcher as Mum/Mad Hatter.

With four Yarra Park performances across two weekends in early Autumn (Sundays March 6 and 13), ACOCo is bringing a splash of opera culture to the MCG sporting precinct! Public transport literally to the door, you won’t want to miss these extraordinary performers in this limited season.

Regional performances will offer the idyllic backdrop of beautiful gardens and historical properties. All you need do is sort your low beach chairs, rugs or bean bags and grab your tickets.

 Bookings now open. Gift vouchers also available.

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