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Music Text

Margit Mezgolich


Speaking role (narrator).2S.2T.B
1(=ottavino).1(=corA).0.0- cyms/castanets/bar chimes/crot/whip/bongos/conga/tamb/darabuca/frameD/BD/cyms/Chinese gong-str(

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


World Premiere
Staatsoper, Wien
Nina Blum, director / Markus Henn
Programme Note
Press Quotes

“... But above all, the small, astonished, and laughing visitors got to know the opera as it really is: a magic realm waiting to be discovered.” (Österreichisches Volksblatt, 3 October 2021)

“... A pleasantly uninhibited ensemble realizes an entertaining ‘wander opera’ in a new stage setting by Marcus Ganser, which, among other things, shines as a magical garden in which also the stage orchestra of the State Opera under Markus Henn is integrated. Charming, mobile get-to-know project.” (Ljubiša Tošic, Der Standard, 4 October 2021)

“... Sitting still and silent was yesterday; strolling around, solving riddles, dancing, and singing together is today ... The participatory project is staged breezily and full of fantasy ... An absolute up-to-date as well as entertaining gateway to the genre on a high artistic level.” (Wiener Zeitung, 5 October 2021)

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