Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing


Photo: Victoria State Opera

Photo: Victoria State Opera


Sid is a dancing serpent in a circus - but all he wants to do is sing. Wherever the circus travels he tries to learn a different style of singing, with hilarious results - grand opera in Rome, music-hall in London and rock in New York. He fails disastrously every time, until his circus friends tell him that if he sings in his own style, he sings very well. With over 4000 performances throughout the English-speaking world, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing has everything an audience of children could want - bright, cheerful music, colourful costuming, the opportunity to participate and learn about opera.

Duration: 45 minutes
Sid the Serpent (tenor)
Clown (soprano)
Juggler (mezzo)
Strongman (bass)
Piano accompaniment

Performing Materials: G Schirmer Inc., New York

Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing was ranked third in 1984 as the most frequently performed contemporary opera in the USA.

"A 40 minute non-stop singing show….a hit with audiences of all ages." The Advertiser

"I liked the bit where the piano player moved the piano closer instead of the stool." Helen, aged 10

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