Hamburg 2008, Alexa Zeggaï dir.
Pinocchio (2001, rev.2006/2010)
Duration: 100 minutes
Opera in two acts
Libretto by Paolo Madron with the collaboration of Jetske Mijnssen, based on 'Le avventure di Pinocchio' by C. Collodi; German version by Hanna Francesconi; English version by Benjamin Gordon; Spanish version by Pablo Valdes (I,G,E,S)
child soloists; children's chorus; 22.214.171.124-126.96.36.199-perc(2)-pft-strings
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.
World premiere of version
Opera piccola, Hamburg
Alexa Zeggaï, director
Conductor: Benjamin Gordon
Company: Hamburger Schulen / Kampnagel
|A Tuna fish|
The woodcarver Geppetto has created an animated puppet called Pinocchio. Geppetto sends Pinocchio, who can move unaided, to school, but Pinocchio prefers to go to the puppet theatre instead. Mangiafuoco, the director, is fed up with telling the same fairytales over and over again and gives Pinocchio money so that he can travel around the world and find new stories for him. Pinocchio is robbed by two scoundrels and has to flee from the police because he is unable to pay for his meal at the inn. A pigeon takes him to the fairy’s house, but by the time the snail opens the door for him, Pinocchio has frozen stiff in the cold outside.
After the animals have already prepared his burial, the fairy revives him. Pinocchio denies all of his foolishness, but his nose keeps on getting longer. The fairy exhorts him not to lie anymore.
Pinocchio continues his journey and meets his old friend Lucignolo. The two boys plan to travel to the place where every wish is fulfilled instantly and no one has to go to work or school. However, the land of the idle turns out to be an illusion conjured up by an evil sorcerer, who catches the children and turns them into donkeys. Distraught at his new appearance, Pinocchio throws himself into the sea, the fish nibble off his donkey’s ears and, finally, he is gobbled up by a shark. In the shark’s stomach, he finds Geppetto, who has been searching the world high and low for Pinocchio for years. Pinocchio regrets what he has done and carries the old man out on his shoulders. Now that he has saved his father, he is now fully a human being.