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Lara Downes Family Concert

The Magic FishMusic by Sunny Knable, Libretto by Jim Knable
Lara Downes Family Concert
What would you do if you caught a magic fish that granted three wishes? More importantly, what would you do if someone came along and stole those wishes from you?! Based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Fisherman and His Wife,” The Magic Fish is a new, short children’s opera by another set of brothers, Sunny and Jim Knable, that sets out to answer these important questions. It is about a boy who catches a fish that grants him a magic wish for letting him go. The boy's parents become greedy when they hear about the fish and start wishing for bigger and bigger things from him-- from new shoes to a mansion to a castle-- until the fish asks for something in return that the parents can't possibly give up... or can they?

Narrated by a friendly Otter, who completes the cast of five, this reimagining of a classic tale is full of warmth, humor, and music that is both sophisticated and accessible. It's fun for kids and has a surprising resonance with adults in this era when everyone is in trouble for making wishes on fishes. The moral of this tale? Greed is a terrible thing!

With pianist Lara Downes, a cast of rising young opera stars, and Daren Jackson, 2013 Founders' Prize winner of the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition.

Directed by Mindy Cooper, with Angelo Moreno conducting the Davis High School Orchestra.

Daren Jackson: Magic Fish
Lauren Woody: Mother
Zachary Gordin: Father
Ann Moss: Otter/Girl
Darron Flagg: Boy

Event Info

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 3:00pm