This is the inspiration and theme for the newly commissioned opera for San Diego North Coast Singers. Riding the current wave in the world of children’s choirs, North Coast Singers joins the Children’s Chorus of Washington and the renowned Los Angeles Children’s Chorus as front-runners in developing and performing a children’s opera.
Jung-Ho Pak, conductor of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra wrote,“I believe this opera project is an excellent vehicle for exposing children firsthand to the wonderful world of opera. They will discover the power of being part of a full theatrical production. This is a rare opportunity for a San Diego arts organization to produce an important addition to the children's choir repertoire. I have full confidence that Sally Dean will be able to execute this project with great skill and enthusiasm.”
The chorus’s Board of Directors has commissioned New York composer, Cary Ratcliff, to write an opera based on the award-winning book, Mice and Beans, by acclaimed San Diegan author, Pam Muñoz Ryan. The opera will feature the children’s chorus in an innovative, audience-friendly format. Even those who do not think of themselves as opera buffs will be swept away by the comedic characters and splendid music. Ratcliff is a brilliant choral composer and looks forward to setting this piece specifically for the excellent children’s chorus. The world premier of Mice and Beans: The Opera, will debut at the Birch North Park Theater in San Diego on April 26th and 27th, 2008. In the fall of 2008, NCS hopes to revive the opera for school children in San Diego County.
To order tickets call 619-239-8836 or visit www.birchnorthparktheatre.com/
The Timmstrom Foundation is a long-time donor to and supporter of SDEMS.