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 (the IRCAM indicates this date for the creation too - Nevertheless, the jacket and notice of the DVD of the World Premiere - Unsuk Chin, Alice in Wonderland, video recording at the Nationaltheater München, DVD, produced by Unitel Classica, 2012 - indicates that the recording was made on the 27th of June) 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 Premiere cast,
30 June, 2007
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Alice soprano Sally Matthews
Cheshire Cat soprano Piia Komsi/Julia Rempe
Mad Hatter/Duck baritone Dietrich Henschel
White Rabbit countertenor Andrew Watts
Mouse/Pat/Cook/Dormouse/Invisible Man tenor Guy De Mey
Ugly Duchess mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen
Queen of Hearts dramatic soprano Gwyneth Jones
King of Hearts bass Steven Humes
Frog-Footman/Seven bass Rudiger Trebes
Caterpillar solo bass clarinet Stefan Schneider
Badger/March Hare countertenor Andrew Watts
Owl mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen
Two mezzo-soprano Cynthia Jansen
Old man #1 bass Steven Humes
Eaglet tenor Christian Rieger
Old Man #2/Executioner tenor Christian Rieger
Fish-Footman/Five tenor Christian Rieger
Crab bass Steven Humes
Dodo bass Rudiger Trebes
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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