Welcome to our first online opera for kids!

There are 5 songs in Fever!  Each Monday, we’ll be posting a new set of exciting activities that work through them, song by song, including:

  • lyrics and teaching guides to learn each song
  • videos that teach some moves to go with them
  • creative writing and science tasks to try
  • tips to make simple props and costumes

Over the 5 weeks, you'll learn the whole thing! Then, you have a special invitation to join us in a nationwide virtual performance from your own home. Look out for more details coming soon!


Music Alan Penman Words Allan Dunn 
Illustrations Iain Piercy

Some people think opera is only about things that happened a long time ago. Well, this opera is all about a young boy who is struck down by a mystery illness and rushed to hospital. Sound familiar? Outside, the paparazzi demand answers. What is this disease? How is it transmitted and how can it be cured? But the busy medics have no time to talk; they need to get on with finding a vaccine.

Meanwhile, an epic battle is taking place inside the boy’s body as the opposing forces of Good and Bad Bacteria fight to gain control of his immune system… Will he find the strength to overcome his internal enemy? Will the medics find a cure? And will the media folks make it all up anyway, just to get a good headline?

You can join us in making this funny and fast moving story come to life. You'll find out all about infections and viruses and how your body fights them. You'll also find out about about Fake News and why it’s so important to understand that not everything you read on the internet is true…

So get stuck in and let us know how you're getting on on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

@ScottishOpera #SOFever

Lucy Hutchison & Alan McKenzie
Storyteller Callum Piercy
Teaching Resources 
Sue Moody & Alison Wood

Before you start...

We've put together some information about the different characters in Fever! along with some top tips  about what costumes and props you might find or make, depending on which characters you decide you want to play. Have fun!

Get the info now

Song 1

Here, you'll find everything you need for Week 1. You can download the words and listen to the Song 1 below. Make sure you listen to 'Learn the tune' and 'Learn the harmonies' to help you rehearse the song in easy steps. You can listen to the first bit of the story, and watch a video with our experts, Alan and Lucy, that will teach you some moves to go along with the music. You can also download our first activity - this week a scavenger hunt!

Get the words now Get Week 1 Activity

Song 1 - The Temperature is Rising

Song 2

Here, you'll find everything you need for Week 2. You can download the words and listen to Song 2 'Internal Affairs' below. Make sure you listen to 'Learn the tune' to help you rehearse the song in easy steps. Listen to Jack telling the second part of his story, and watch the video with our experts Alan and Lucy, who will teach you the moves for the new song. You can also download this week's activity-- a science experiment you can do at home!



Song 2 - Internal Affairs

Song 3

We'll be posting more about the story, along with the teaching videos and activities for Song 3 next week. 

In the meantime, you can start to learn the song now. You can download the words and listen to the full track below. Make sure you listen to 'Learn the tune' to help you rehearse the song in easy steps.


Song 3 - What's up, Doc?