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Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers


Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers

LIBRETTO BY DAVID JOHNSTON. This 45-minute opera for youth audiences fuses together folktales from around the world to tell the story of Monkey and his brainy sister, Francine. The siblings must learn to cooperate to escape a hungry crocodile and outwit the greedy Lord of the Tigers. Combining multiple styles of music from Bollywood, Ethiopian jazz, Latin, and classical, this opera shares the timeless message that we all have different strengths, but when we work together, anything is possible.


“This little gem may have been composed with children in mind, but its creators, composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist David Johnston, know that being kid-friendly doesn’t mean dumbed-down. Drawing from sources that range from Indianand Chinese mythology, William Blake and Bollywood to Ethiopian jazz, the libretto was sophisticated and fresh, while the music was witty and eclectic. You tapped your toes and found yourself singing along whenever ‘Crocodile Crunch’ or ‘Monkey Royal Family’ was reprised. Sets and costumes would have been great, but who needed them with this great cast and a cool bongo player.”

-Rick Perdian, Seen and Heard International


Stay tuned for upcoming productions.


Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, TriCities Opera, Vanderbilt University, William Paterson University, Binghamton University



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