Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company Opera Short

A four-minute opera commissioned by The Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company, with libretto by children’s author Steven Butler and music from award-winning composer John Barber.

The Watchers in the Wings stars 47 children aged between nine and 13 years old and sees them perform alongside British tenor Paul Curievici. The film was produced on location at the Royal Opera House and tells the story of a group of schoolchildren who find themselves whisked away on an adventure through the building, with a little help from a mysterious and enigmatic tour guide.

Composer: John Barber; Libretto: Steven Butler