Alice in Wonderland (opera)

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Alice in Wonderland is a 2007 operatic adaptation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. It is the first opera of Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who co-wrote the English libretto with the Asian-American playwright David Henry Hwang. It had its world premiere on 30 June 2007 at the Bavarian State Opera as part of the 2007 Munich Opera Festival.[1] Conducted by Kent Nagano and featuring Sally Matthews in the title role and Dame Gwyneth Jones as the Queen of Hearts, the production was hailed as "World Premiere of the Year" by the German opera magazine Opernwelt.[2] A DVD was subsequently released by Euroarts.


Role Voice type World Premiere cast,
30 June, 2007
Conductor: Kent Nagano
American Premiere cast,
13 June 2012
Conductor: Michael Christie
Alice soprano Sally Matthews Ashley Emerson
Cheshire Cat soprano Piia Komsi/Julia Rempe Tracy Dahl
Mad Hatter/Duck baritone Dietrich Henschel Aubrey Allicock
White Rabbit countertenor Andrew Watts David Trudgen
Mouse/Pat/Cook/Dormouse/Invisible Man Tenor Guy De Mey Matthew DiBattista
Ugly Duchess mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen Jenni Bank
Queen of Hearts dramatic soprano Gwyneth Jones Juile Makerov
King of Hearts bass Steven Humes Bradley Smoak
Frog-Footman/Seven bass Rudiger Trebes Brian Mextorf
Caterpiller solo bass clarinet Stefan Schneider Seán Curran/James Meyer
Badger/March Hare countertenor Andrew Watts David Trudgen
Owl mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen Raehann Bryce-Davis
Two mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen Julienne Walker
Old man #1 bass Steven Humes Nathanael Brown
Eaglet tenor Christian Rieger Nathanael Brown
Old Man #2/Executioner tenor Christian Rieger David Williams
Fish-Footman/Five tenor Christian Rieger Marco Stefani
Crab bass Steven Humes Jason Eck
Dodo bass Rudiger Trebes Adrien Smith
Chorus of Baby Animals, Creatures, Royal Entourage, 12 Jurors, Children, and Royal Children


  • Scene I – Dream I
  • Scene II – The Pool of Tears
  • Scene III – In the House of the White Rabbit
  • Interlude I – Advice from a Caterpillar
  • Scene IV – Pig and Pepper
  • Scene V – A Mad Tea Party
  • Scene VI – The Croquet Ground
  • Interlude II
  • Scene VII – The Trial or Who Stole the Tarts?
  • Finale – Dream II


  1. ^ "Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland: premiere in Munich" at Boosey & Hawkes
  2. ^ Opernwelt 2007 Year Book

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