A cartoon drawing of a green goat on a red background.

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

He's just a kid. El Kid, in fact, but the other goats don't think he's got much to offer. When they all head out to attend Seville's biggest Fiesta, no one thinks little Diego will have a part to play.  But in opera, it's often the outsider who comes in to save the day, and before the party's over, Diego will prove he's no silly goats gruff.

This 50-minute opera explores the courage you find when you believe in yourself, using the popular tunes of Bizet's Carmen to introduce the drama of opera to primary-school aged students.

We've developed this brand new production especially for Victorian school students, offering a range of curriculum-based teacher resources to help classes explore classical music using a familiar fairy-tale.

Professional singers perform the best bits of Bizet's catchy tunes with colourful costumes and an enchanting set to keep kids of all ages entertained.


Foundation – Year 6


60 minutes set up and 30 minutes pack down


60 minutes, including Q&A session

  • 6m x 6m cleared space
  • 2.5m ceiling height (minimum)
  • Ground level access with no more than 5 stairs
  • Direct vehicle access to venue (no more than 20m)
  • 1 power outlet

$7 per student (no GST is charged)


150 students


PIE Productions
t: 1800 804 707


Every year, Opera Australia performs to 80,000 primary school children throughout Victoria and NSW.

It's always a big event. Opera Australia arrives at the start of the school day, complete with opera costumes, sets, four singers and a pianist. They need about 40 minutes to set up in your hall (or any large space), then they are ready to perform.

The schools tour presents up to three sessions in a day, and each session consists of a 50-minute performance of a complete opera followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers with the students and teachers.

Preparation and follow-up is all part of the experience: when you book you receive an Opera Australia teacher resource pack. This includes suggestions for classroom extension activities both before and after the opera incursion.

Tour Dates

27 February – 17 September 2017

Composer Georges Bizet
Devised by Liesel Badorrek & Michael Badorrek
Musical adaptation Robert Andrew Greene
Directed by Liesel Badorrek
Designer Mark Thompson
Diego (bARITONE) Shoumendu Schornikow
Troll (bARITONE) Andrew Moran
Male Swing (baritone) Jared Lillehagen
Ferdinand (Mezzo) Ruth Strutt
isabella (soprano) Danita Weatherstone
Female Swing (Soprano) Josephine Grech
Pianist Antonio Fernandez
pianist Benjamin Burton