Monkey and Francine
in the City of Tigers

Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers

A Virtual Educational Experience

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Music by Kamala Sankaram
Libretto by David Johnston

Fusing stories and music from India, China, and West Africa, this original children’s opera tells the story of Monkey and his brainy sister Francine. They must learn to work together and use their smarts to escape the hungry Crocodile and outwit the greedy Lord of the Tigers. Combining musical styles from Bollywood, to Latin, to Jazz, and featuring relatable, contemporary language and characters, the opera conveys a timely message of unity – that together, respecting individual differences and strengths, we can accomplish anything.

OPERA-GO-ROUND, Tri-Cities Opera’s Touring Educational Program, is celebrating 46 years of bringing live musical performances to schools throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Named as a nod to Binghamton’s famous carousels, Opera-Go-Round performs for as many as 20,000 students annually. Our mission is simple: to bring great music to the newest generation of listeners!

Tri-Cities Opera has developed this year’s Opera-Go-Round program as a virtual offering that will be delivered to students, whether in classrooms or home learning spaces, via a digital link. Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers will include a detailed study guide, providing educators the flexibility to incorporate the performance into a comprehensive teaching unit. 


Sung in English.

run time

Approximately 45 minutes.

MONKEY AND FRANCINE IN THE CITY OF TIGERS was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera and developed in partnership with American Lyric Theater. Premiered by Houston Grand Opera at the Heinen Theater on February 2, 2018.

For Bookings and More Information Contact:

Karin Phillips, Educational Outreach Coordinator


Erin Alcorn
Quinn Bernegger
Langelihle Mngxati
Monkey King / Crocodile / Lady Tiger
Amanda Staub
Monkey Queen / Lord Tiger

Creative Team

Kamala Sankaram
David Johnston
John Cockerill
Music Director
Tommy Iafrate
Stage Director
Opera-Go-Round is generously sponsored by:
Douglas G. Anderson - Leigh R. Evans Foundation
Victor & Esther Rozen Foundation