The Water Babies- a folk opera, is the culmination of a lifetime labour of love by the Australian composer/librettist Freddie Hill. Based on the Victorian Children’s Classic by Charles Kingsley the opera is for young and old, and embraces singers and musicians from far flung regions of the Blue Mountains, Sydney and beyond.
Musically it is contemporary in style and multifaceted. It includes elements of jazz, Victorian music hall, Sondheim, perhaps Sullivan and the atonality of Schoenberg. Some of it ripples and bubbles, other parts include lyrical ballads and exciting ensemble work
The Water Babies is run by Tomanelli Inc, a not for profit organisation created for this production. All parcipants have their Working With Children Check (WWCC).
Check out some of our performances below.