Belfast Ensemble streams live children's horror opera

Published: 5 March 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

The Musician: A Horror Opera for Children Credit: Belfast Ensemble

Conor Mitchell’s darkly comic children’s opera The Musician: A Horror Opera for Children from the Belfast Ensemble, which will be streamed 1214 March asks, "who was the Pied Piper?" and "why did the rats all dance to his tune?"

Filmed live for Belfast Children's Festival in the Lyric Theatre Belfast, Belfast Ensemble gives Grimm's fairy tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin a horror prequel harking back to the legend's roots. A musician in the making is mistreated by the people around him. With the power to control mice and rats with his melodies, will he choose to help the town or take bloody revenge?

Conor Mitchell, Artistic Director of the Belfast Ensemble, said, "The Musician is the only Northern Irish opera created in lockdown. It's really the company's candle in the dark for children everywhere, showing that anything is possible with imagination."

Tickets are £5 per device, and the production can be accessed on demand.