Opera North's L'enfant et les sortilèges (Matinees)

Part of The Little Greats

Ravel’s magical childhood fantasy.
  • Venue: The Lyric Theatre

A naughty child assaults everything in his room after he is told off by his mother for not doing his homework. Gradually, the objects around him – furniture, clocks, crockery – come to life. Out in the garden, events take an even more disturbing turn when all the trees and animals rebuke him for the injuries he has done them in the past. Can the child redeem himself? 

With colourful characters including a pair of singing cats, a teapot and china cup duo, a talking armchair, a tree-frog and a squirrel, Colette’s magical words are set by Ravel to a spellbinding musical score. This darkly brilliant opera celebrates the mysteries of childhood and will amuse and enchant adults and children alike.

Additional information

Running time: approximately 45 minutes

Language: Sung in French with English titles

Schools Matinee: Thu 16 November at 12pm - this is not sold out but only bookable over the phone, to book contact 0843 208 6003. Schools price: £6.

To find out more about the schools’ matinee and wraparound workshops, please click here. You can also book for The Children & The Magic Spells workshop here.

Education packs for the Schools matinee can be accessed here.

Watch the trailer

Cast & Creative Team


The Child - Wallis Giunta

His mother / Chinese cup / Squirrel - Ann Taylor

Fire / Nightingale / Princess - Fflur Wyn

Grandather Clock / Tom Cat - Quirijn de Lang

Armchair / Tree - John Savournin

Tea Pot / Tree Frog / Arithmetic - John Graham-Hall

Louis XV Chair / Female Cat / Owl - Katie Bray

Creative Team

Conductor - TBA

Director - Annabel Arden

Set Designer - Charles Edwards

Costume Designer - Hannah Clark

Lighting Designer - Charles Edwards

Choreographer - Theo Clinkard