the hiding tree

children's opera - The Hiding Tree - by composer Edward Barnes

The Hiding Tree

Words & Music by EDWARD BARNES
Based on an ancient legend from Micronesia

SYNOPSIS: Two sisters are the only people who remain on an island in the middle of the sea after a people-eating monster devours the island’s entire population. One sister is caught by the monster, while the other escapes to the highest limbs of a tree in the forest. How each sister comes to the aid of the other makes for a magical story of love and survival.

THEMES: Women as heroes; Working together to solve a problem; Selfless love

“The music and vocals are direct and memorably eloquent, rich in dramatic details and deftly arranged.”
EL PASO HERALD-POST

operas for children - The Hiding Tree - by composer Edward Barnes

CAST: 3 + small chorus/ensemble

  • Little Sister (soprano)
  • Big Sister (mezzo-soprano)
  • The Monster (ensemble)
  • Narrator (actor)

DURATION: 30 minutes

ACCOMPANIMENT: Piano

COMMISSIONED BY: MasterVoices

PRODUCTIONS: MasterVoices, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Southwestern University, Spotlight on Opera, Cambridge Youth Opera, Welsh National Opera

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