The new opera based on the story of the Pied Piper is set to be streamed from the 12th to the 14th March.

(c)Neil Harrison

Images from the Belfast Ensemble’s new production have been released ahead of it being streamed later this week.

Conor Mitchell’s darkly comic opera retells the story of the Pied Piper and is set to be the first opera to be performed in Northern Ireland since the pandemic started last year.

(c) Neil Harrison.

Written, composed and directed by Conor Mitchell, this world premiere production staged by using the latest in technological innovation, to ensure that the medieval story is told in a 21st century way. It will be filmed live for Belfast Children’s Festival in the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

Conducted by Tom Brady, the cast for the production includes: Matthew Cavan, Paul Carey Jones, Rebecca Murphy and Sarah Richmond.

(c)Neil Harrison.

The Belfast Ensemble’s take on Grimm’s fairy tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin gives the story a horror prequel harking back to the legend’s roots. A musician in the making is mistreated by the people around him. With the power to control mice and rats with his melodies, will he choose to help the town or take bloody revenge? A tale of poetic justice at a time when artists are in crisis, this is a Covid-reactive production that asks children big questions about art and society.

(c)Neil Harrison

The Belfast Ensemble are considered to be one of the UK’s vibrant music-theatre companies.In 2019 its chamber opera Abomination: a DUP Opera won Best Opera at the Irish Times Theatre Awards and was listed in the Top Ten Classical Works of 2019 alongside works from the Royal Opera House and others.

The Musician will be streamed from the 12th to the 14th March. Tickets are £5 per device, and can be accessed on demand via the QFT player: