The Pied Piper

On tour


The Pied Piper is on tour in Regional Victoria. Find out more.

A mysterious fellow helps a town overrun by rats by using his magical charm.


Based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Robert Browning’s classic poem, this enchanting new family production with a surprise happy ending is told through song in traditional operatic format written by Artistic Director Richard Mills. Adults and children from the community perform alongside Victorian Opera’s developing artists and a chamber orchestra to tell this classic story with new perspectives.

Download the libretto 
View the production album
Download the education resource
Listen to the podcast





Additional Information


Richard Mills

Simon Bruckard

Derek Taylor

Set and Costume Designer
Candice MacAllister

Lighting Designer
Joseph Mercurio 


Cast - Port Fairy, Mildura, Warragul

The Pied Piper Carlos E. Bárcenas

The Cat Cristina Russo

Mr Mayor Kiran Rajasingham

Mrs Mayor Fleuranne Brockway

Town Crier Brenton Spiteri

Beatrice Brittle Kirilie Blythman

Rosemary Sprig Elizabeth Barrow

Owl/General Rat Shakira Tsindos

Chorus Leader Alexandra Ioan

Chorus Leader Michelle McCarthy

Chorus Leader Daniel Carison

Cast - Bendigo, Shepparton, Wodonga 

The Pied Piper Carlos E. Bárcenas

The Cat Michelle McCarthy

Mr Mayor Daniel Carison

Mrs Mayor Shakira Tsindos

Town Crier Brenton Spiteri

Beatrice Brittle Cristina Russo

Rosemary Sprig Elizabeth Barrow / Alexandra Ioan

Owl/General Rat Elizabeth Barrow

Chorus Leader Kirilie Blythman

Chorus Leader Fleur Brockway

Chorus Leader Kiran Rajasingam

Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Flute Tamara Kohler

Oboe Jasper Ly

Clarinet Andrew Fong

Bassoon Colin Forbes-Abrams

French Horn Josiah Kop

Percussion Arwen Johnston

Piano Phillipa Safey


The townsfolk, rats and school children are all members of local community choirs.

Running time is approximately 65 minutes.