UNK Opera Workshop Presents Children’s Opera Friday, April 18, At 7:30

Dr. Anne Foradori
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8610

UNK- The University of Nebraska at Kearney Opera Workshop will present Australian composer Malcolm Fox’s opera for children, “Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing,” Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

“It’s the perfect introduction to opera for small children,” said Dr. Anne Foradori, musical and stage director for the production. “We have assembled a terrific cast of talented students who are eager to perform this entertaining work for a young audience. The colorful larger-than-life characters and memorable tunes are makes this a great show for the entire family.”

In addition to the Friday evening performance, which is open to the general public, there will be a student matinee at 10 a.m. that day. Both performances are free; however, groups interested in attending the student performance need to reserve

their tickets through Dr. Foradori by calling 308.865.8610.

According to Dr. Foradori, the opera is a whimsical 45-minute opera performed in five scenes that tells the story of a snake who dances with a circus troupe and yearns for a life on the stage as a singer. He travels the world to learn how to sing and studies with a prima donna in Italy, joins the London Music Hall as a performer, and even tries a stint at being a rock star, all with disastrous results. It is only when Sid decides to sing with his own voice that he achieves real success and rejoins the circus as a singing snake.

UNK sophomore Patrick York of Grand Island is cast as Sid. Other performers include:

Columbus – Alex Ritter

Dalton – Blake Thompson

Grand Island – Michelle Conley

Kearney – Jana Harms, Amy Jensen and Katherine Ridder

Seward – Katherine Bauer


Woodland Park – Shawna Beeler



Goodland – Jillian Parker


Wenci Fan, pianist


Isesaki shi – Yuka Ito

Osaka – Emi Kamon