Todd: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Matthew Waldren & Opera Holland Park
- Will Todd (1970): Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
- 2Nice weather for rabbits (Mum, Dad, Brats, Alice, White Rabbit)05:51
- 3Where did she go? (Victorians)00:47
- 4Down the rabbit hole (Alice)01:34
- 5Drink me! (Alice, Bottle, Cheshire Cat)04:51
- 6Humpty's new curriculum (Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee, Alice, Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit)04:27
- 7An unsatisfactory explanation (Alice, White Rabbit)03:50
- 8Pillarcat! (Victorians)00:52
- 9The Wonderland blues (Caterpillar, Alice, Victorians)05:14
- 10Teatime! (Victorians)00:49
- 11The Mad Hatter's tea party (Mad Hatter, March Hare, Dormouse, Alice)04:38
- 12The tea was a trap! (Queen of Hearts, Alice, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Dormouse, Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee, Caterpillar, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat)01:58
- 13Off with their heads! (Queen of Hearts, Alice, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Dormouse, Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee, Caterpillar, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat)02:09
- 14Alice alone (Alice)02:11
- 15I flew high in my dreams (Alice)03:40
- 16A White Knight (White Knight, Alice)03:51
- 17The lovelorn Duchess (Duchess, Alice, White Knight)04:23
- 18I say! (Victorians)00:48
- 19Rollin' (Caterpillar, White Rabbit, March Hare, Dormouse, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee)03:17
- 20Love songs with hats (Duchess, Mad Hatter)01:10
- 21Wonderland restored (Company)08:36
- 22It was all true! (Alice, Mum, Dad, Brats, White Rabbit)01:28
Info for Todd: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
11-year-old Alice lives in the not terribly exciting town of Grimthorpe. On a boring Wednesday in the summer holidays Alice’s family, wandering around town, gets caught in a downpour. They rush into the nearest shelter, which turns out to be a pet shop – much to Alice’s parents’ delight. Alice is lost in a daydream of exotic holidays... Suddenly she is jolted out of her reverie by one of the animals – a white rabbit – who starts talking to her...
"...the perfect length for a young audience; moreover, Gottlieb's libretto is literate, funny and not at all condescending...Great fun for young and old; catch it live if you can." (Musicweb International)
"...the cast sing with impeccable diction, the players never drowning out the voices." (Arts Desk)
"The score...gives the characters their own musical style and captures the spirit of the book." (The Lady)
"The cast, headed by Fflur Wun as Alice, and orchestra, conducted by Matthew Waldren, put on a good show." (Gramophone, August)
"Will Todd's Lewis Carroll-inspired opera has proved a huge success both on stage and on disc." (BBC Music Magazine)
Fflur Wyn (Alice)
James Cleverton (Rabbit)
Robert Burt (Dad / Queen of Hearts)
Victoria Simmonds (Mum / Mad Hatter)
Magid El-Bushra (Cheshire Cat)
Keel Watson (Caterpillar)
John Lofthouse (March Hare / White Knight)
Maud Millar (Humpty Dumpty / Duchess)
Rosie Middleton (Brat / Tweedle Dum)
Rosanne Havel (Brat / Tweedle Dee)
Stephanie Bodsworth (Dormouse)
Maud Millar (Bottle / Victorian)
Rosie Middleton (Victorian)
Edward Hughes (Victorian)
Henry Grant Kerswell (Victorian)
Opera Holland Park
Matthew Waldren, direction
is the English National Opera Mackerras Fellow 2016. Born in Geneva‚ of Anglo-Ghanaian descent, he studied at the Royal College of Music in London‚ before reading music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University and later studying as a post-graduate at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After a 10-year career as an opera singer‚ he swiftly gained a reputation as a "dynamic" young conductor. Particularly at home conducting opera‚ he has been universally praised by the critics and described as an “exceptional talent” by conductor Mark Wigglesworth.
Most recent and upcoming engagements include La Rondine, La bohème for Opera Holland Park, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Texting Heer for Royal Opera House, Lakmé and Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Opera Holland Park‚ Don Giovanni and La bohème (assistant & cover conductor) for English National Opera, Pelléas et Mélisande (assistant & cover conductor) for Scottish Opera, and his debut with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. His debut studio album, Will Todd's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, was released in 2015 and entered the official specialist classical chart at number one. The disc has been critically-acclaimed and has been heard on BBC Radio 3.
Matthew is deeply proud of his long-standing association with Opera Holland Park, for whom he has previously conducted critically-acclaimed performances of Lakmé, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Les Pêcheurs de Perles‚ Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‚ Gianni Schicchi‚ Zanetto‚ Rigoletto‚ and Fantastic Mr Fox. In 2012 he was appointed Music Director of the inaugural Christine Collins Young Artist Scheme at OHP.
Further engagements include La Traviata (Opera Lyrica)‚ Peter Grimes (Co-Opera-Co.)‚ The Yeomen of the Guard (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company‚ National Festival Orchestra)‚ the World Premiere of Strekosa I Muravej (Tête a Tête and Grimeborn festivals) - shortlisted in the Flourish Opera Competition‚ workshops for English National Ballet and Carmen with the Royal Opera House Community Chorus. Matthew mentors and coaches young musicians at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.
Between 2009 and 2011, Matthew was Chorus Master at Opera Holland Park‚ and prepared the chorus for La Bohème‚ Orpheus in the Underworld‚ Pelléas et Melisande‚ Carmen‚ Fidelio‚ Don Giovanni‚ Francesca da Rimini‚ La Forza del Destino‚ L’Amico Fritz‚ Le Nozze di Figaro and Rigoletto. He has worked as a cover conductor for John Owen Edwards‚ Stuart Stratford and Manlio Benzi‚ has worked alongside Sir Mark Elder on Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand with the Hallé orchestra and Wozzeck at the Royal Opera House.
Matthew regularly conducts opera galas, highlights including the Centenary Gala Concert and World War I Memorial Gala Concert at the Chelsea Flower Show. His work has taken him to eclectic festivals including Watercity‚ Camp Bestival and Harvest, and 2015 sees his debut conducting at the Wilderness Festival. Matthew works regularly with the London Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia, and has conducted the orchestra of English National Opera.
Matthew is grateful to Fiona and Andrew Brannon for their sponsorship of him in 2014.