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The Magic Pudding - The Opera

Merlyn, The Coopers Malthouse
4 Oct 2013 - 6 Oct 2013

Delicious never-ending fun


Meet Albert. He’s a walking, talking, never-ending dessert, and a typical Australian larrikin. His companions are a penguin (Sam Sawnoff), a sailor (Bill Barnacle) and a koala (Bunyip Bluegum) and his enemies are the puddin’ thieves – Wombat and Possum. Described as being somewhere between Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll, The Magic Pudding has captured the imagination of readers for almost a hundred years.

In 2013, Victorian Opera gives Norman Lindsay’s much loved Australian classic The Magic Pudding a unique voice in an opera for children. This brand new commission will bring together the witty and absurd world of The Magic Pudding with the soaring voices of the Victorian Youth Opera and our emerging talent. Following a limited world premiere season in Melbourne, The Magic Pudding - the opera embarks on a regional tour, engaging communities and children around Victoria. With Victorian Youth Opera’s history of sell-out seasons, audiences looking for a taste of this delightful production are advised to get in quick!


Merlyn, The Coopers Malthouse

Friday 4 October 6.30pm
Saturday 5 October 4.00pm and 6.30pm
Sunday 6 October 12.00pm and 2.30pm

1 hour with no interval

Regional Tour commences 22 October 2013. 

Suitable for children aged 6 and up

Regional Tour Dates

WODONGA: The Cube Wodonga - Tuesday 22 October
MILDURA: Mildura Arts Centre Friday 25 October
SHEPPARTON: Westside PAC - Tuesday 29 October
BALLARAT: Her Majesty's Theatre - Thursday 7 November
WARRAGUL: West Gippsland Arts Centre - Tuesday 12 November

Cast & Crew

Calvin Bowman
Anna Goldsworthy
Daniel Carter
Concept & Direction
Cameron Menzies
Chloe Greaves
Lighting Designer
Peter Darby

Victorian Youth Opera

The Magic Pudding - the opera is presented with kind permission of the copyright holders: H.C. & A. Glad. Image: © H.C. & A. Glad, 1918, from The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay. Published by HarperCollins Publishers Australia.    

This production is proudly supported by

Victorian Opera Youth Opera Patron Miss Betty Amsden OAM
Victorian Opera Education Syndicate
Victorian Opera New Work Syndicate