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Freiburg 2011

Sprenger, Sebastian

Henrietta und die Feuerfee (2004-08)

(Henrietta and the Fire Fairy)
Duration: 80 minutes
Opera for children

Libretto by Sören Ingwersen (G)

Scoring
8 soloists (children); 1-4 part children's chorus; fl.bcl-hn.tpt-timp.perc-pft-vln.vla.vlc.db.
Abbreviations (PDF).


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



World Premiere
5/28/2008
Theater "Haus im Park", Hamburg-Bergedorf
Elisabeth Solinsky, director
Conductor: Michael Solinsky

Roles

HENRIETTA
ARILD
TATJANA
SISSY
Henrietta's MOTHER
Henrietta's FATHER
SVEN, Henrietta's brother
LYTHETIA, the Fire Fairy
CYRUS, her husband
PSYCHIATRIST
Ms. FEINLAUB, the teacher
SOREBREK, the guard
The ORACLE
The STATUE
Four LOST SOULS
FENCHEL, the flying Dinosaur


Synopsis
Henrietta is worried as her little brother is lost. She assumes that Lythetia, the Fire Fairy who lives in a crypt on Mirror Lake, has abducted him. Her parents, however, do not believe in fairy-tale creatures. Thus Henrietta sets off on her own, taking her friends along. The Fire Fairy is not at all evil, but lonely and haunted by guilt: she fell in love with Cyrus, a human being, but decided against him since the liaison would have meant losing her magic powers for good and besides, she was not sure whether he was the right one in the first place. In order to obtain assurance she sent him to the oracle from whence he did not return. The children believe that her remorse is authentic, and Henrietta promises to free Cyrus from the Fire Mountain. Cyrus is bitterly disappointed in Lythetia and refuses to go back to her. Henrietta has to summon up all her power in order to convince him of the magic power of love. The story finishes with a happy ending for everybody: Lythecia and Cyrus are happily reunited and Henrietta has her brother back!


Moods
Poetic


Subjects
Magic/Mystery, Relationships





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