11-year-old Alice lives in the not terribly exciting town of Grimthorpe. On a boring Wednesday in the summer holidays Alice’s family, wandering around town, gets caught in a downpour. They rush into the nearest shelter, which turns out to be a pet shop – much to Alice’s parents’ delight. Alice is lost in a daydream of exotic holidays… Suddenly she is jolted out of her reverie by one of the animals – a white rabbit – who starts talking to her…
Opera Holland Park’s production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a family opera by composer Will Todd and librettist Maggie Gottlieb, comes to CD for the first time after two critically praised runs in 2013 and 2014.
The cast sing with impeccable diction, the players never drowning out the voices – Arts Desk
The cast, headed by Fflur Wun as Alice, and orchestra, conducted by Matthew Waldren, put on a good show – Gramophone
Will Todd’s Lewis Carroll-inspired opera has proved a huge success both on stage and on disc – BBC Music Magazine
The recorded sound is excellent…a release of many pleasures – Opera Magazine