Commissioned by Opera Lyra Ottawa, this sparkling opera for young people was written by one of Canada's celebrated composers - Dean Burry.
Fourth Stage, National Arts Centre
December 11, 12, & 13, 2009
Featuring artists of the OLO Opera Studio, and accompanied by piano, The Bremen Town Musicians will be performed on tour to schools in the region and at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage. Kindergarten to Grade Six with a special appeal for families.
When his master threatens to kill him, an old donkey decides he must run away to save his life. Alone on an unknown road, he questions his ability to carry on - he has always been a servant, a follower. After some struggle, he finds his courage and sets off to Bremen: a city known for its welcoming nature. On the way, he encounters first a dog, then a cat and a rooster. All are in the same predicament and in search of a better life. Realizing there is strength in numbers - they join together and agree to become town musicians. While resting in a deep, dark forest, the frightened old animals see a distant cabin with a warm light in the window. Cold and starving, they decide to sing for their supper in hopes that the owner of the cottage, a wicked robber, will give them some food. However, the animal's "music" frightens the robber away and they move in for a good meal before settling down to sleep. The robber eventually returns but is captured by the animals and forced to renounce his wicked ways. The animals decide that they do not need to go to Bremen. They have found a home together and settle down to a happy life in the little forest cottage.