El Kid


El Kid

The classic tale of Billy Goats Gruff meets the popular music of Carmen in this opera/fairy-tale mash-up for school children

The party animals of Seville are off to the fiesta, but weird little Diego is left behind — no oddballs allowed. However, in a classic showdown of brains versus brawn, El Kid proves that fortune favours the bold and even the smallest of things can blossom into something fabulous.

Designed to introduce young audiences to the wonder, passion and drama of opera, this 50-minute family opera explores the courage you find when you believe in yourself by reimagining the much-loved story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and setting it to the glorious melodies of Bizet's Carmen.

Composer Georges Bizet
Devised by Liesel Badorrek & Michael Badorrek
Musical adaptation Robert Greene
Directed by Liesel Badorrek
Designer Mark Thompson
Music director Raymond Lawrence
Cast Jessica Boyd
  Shoumendu Ganguly
  Josephine Grech
  Oliver Mann
  James Payne
  Ruth Strutt
Pianists Pamela Christie
  Sue Goessling

Running time: 60 minutes, including Q&A session

Performed in English

El Kid is an Opera Australia and Arts Centre Melbourne co-production.

El Kid is also touring to Victorian schools.