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Photo: Jan Windszus Photography
WP 2015, Christian von Götz dir.

Kats-Chernin, Elena

Schneewittchen und die 77 Zwerge (2014-15)

(Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs)
Duration: 100 minutes
Opera for children in two acts

Libretto by Susanne Felicitas Wolf (G)

Scoring
Major roles: S,M,T; minor roles: T,Bar,B; children's chorus; 1(=picc).1.corA.1.bcl.asax.1.dbn-2.1.1.1-perc(3):I=crot/vib/xyl/ratchet/glsp/timp/tamb/shaker/bongos/SD/claves/2brake dr/cyms/pots&pans/bell tree/tam-t (possible)/3cowbell/2wdbl/dr kit; II=2wdbl/tgl/SD/BD/flexatone/cyms/metal wind chimes/susp.cym/tamb/ratchet/2cowbell/splash cym/2conga/maracas/guiro/drums(lo,med,hi)/thunder sheet/sizzle cym/timb/pots&pans/clap cast/anvil(opt)-cimbalom-harp-accordion-cel(=pft)-strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
01/11/2015
Komische Oper, Berlin
Christian von Götz, director
Conductor: Pawel Poplawski
Company: Komische Oper Berlin

Roles

SNOW WHITESoprano
STEPMOTHERMezzo-soprano
RICHARD IIImale singer
The MIRRORBaritone
PRINCETenor
Mr MULLER, hunter / Mr MEIER, cookBass
The 77 Dwarfschildren's chorus


Synopsis
Princess Snow White is sick of it: forever having to practise her calligraphy! She yearns for the big wide world, for adventure and a wealth of new experiences. Her vain stepmother, the queen who is practically obsessed by her own beauty, is not only completely lacking in empathy – even worse, she feels no tenderness whatsoever towards her stepdaughter. Luckily for Snow White, she has a trusty companion in the form of a slightly too-large rabbit named Richard III. Together, they manage to flee from the murderous queen. In the forest, they find a new home – and new tasks – with the 77 dwarfs. Everything could be so wonderful if it weren't for the jealousy-ridden queen, whose stubborn magic mirror continues to rub her nose in the fact that "Snow White, who lives behind the seven hills with the 77 dwarfs, is simply a thousand times more beautiful" ...
(© Komische Oper Berlin)


Press Quotes
"The composer succeeds in creating an entertaining, enchanting mixture of classical, musicals and pop, animated cartoon music and hit numbers."
Berliner Morgenpost

"...a dwarf-world with Swing and ding-a-ling..."
Neue Musikzeitung


Moods
Poetic


Subjects
Magic/Mystery, Literary





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