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Music Text

Libretto by Susanne Felicitas Wolf, after the children's novel by Michael Ende (G)

Scoring

musical singer(f),2S,M,2T,2Bar; small children's chorus (opt);
2(II=picc).2(II=corA).2(II=bcl).2(II=dbn)-2.2.2.1-perc(2)-harp-pft-sheng(opt)-erhu(opt)-strings

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
11/3/2019
Komische Oper, Berlin
Christian von Götz, director
Conductor: Ivo Hentschel
Company: Komische Oper Berlin

Roles

Jim Button Musical singer (female)
Luke Low baritone
King Alfred the Quarter-to-Twelfth / Nepomuk / The Minister Pi Pa Po High Baritone
Mrs. Whaat / Mrs. Grindtooth Mezzo-soprano
Mr. Sleeve / Mr. Tur Tur / Vulture No.1 Tenor
The Emperor / Vulture No.2 Tenor
Ping Pong Countertenor/Soprano
Li Si Soprano
Sea creatures small ensemble
Imprisoned children small choral ensemble of children
The Door's Guardian, 2 Dragon Guards, Echoes, Volcanoes off-stage voices
Guards, retinue, sailors supernumeraries
Emma A locomotive
Synopsis

Because the island of Morrowland with its two mountains has become too small for its four inhabitants (including the king), Luke and the orphan Jim are forced to venture into the outside world. On their marvelous journey they discover foreign lands, overcome many dangers, and rescue Princess Li Si from the clutches of the terrible dragon woman, Mrs. Grindtooth. After gathering many new experiences, they return together to their homeland, bringing with them a new, floating island in tow. "Why it’s called Morrowland, nobody knows. That’s just its name!" A tale about friendship and getting to know strangers that has lost none of its charm or relevance.
Komische Oper Berlin

Moods

Comic, Poetic

Subjects

Literary, Magic/Mystery




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