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A Song for the Moon

Mathilde Wantenaar

Presentation

Youth opera based on the book by Toon Tellegen

The lonely mole decides to write a song to cheer the moon up. The grasshopper rehearses with his orchestra until they master the song. And then one night they deliver a beautiful concert. But why does the moon look so sad afterwards...? Een lied voor de maan (A Song for the Moon) is based on the children’s book of the same name by the famous Dutch author Toon Tellegen, known for his short animal stories full of strange situations with philosophical dimensions. With this work, the Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar (°1993) has written her first large- scale opera, specially for a young audience. A Song for the Moon touches on important topics such as loneliness, identity, disappointment and friendship, but it is also a work about the power of music and the possibility of making contact with each other.

Gallery

Gallery

Dates & tickets

Dates

Cast
Cast

DirectorBÉATRICE LACHAUSSÉE

Set design & costumesNELE ELLEGIERS
LightingCOR VAN DEN BRINK
DramaturgyWILLEM BRULS

LibrettoMATHILDE WANTENAAR, WILLEM BRULS
French translationBENJAMIN PRINS

 

The moleVERA FISELIER
The grasshopper / The earthwormLUCAS CORTOOS°°
The frogALEJANDRO FONTE
The dormouse / The cricketBLANDINE COULON°°
The field mouse / The moonLOUISE FOOR°
The shrew TILLE VAN GASTEL

○ MM Laureate
○○ MM Soloist

Chamber music ensemble of La Monnaie

ProductionNATIONALE OPERA & BALLET AMSTERDAM
Co-productionLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT,
FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE,
ESCUELA SUPERIOR DE MÚSICA REINA SOFÍA,
OPERA ZUID MAASTRICHT

With the support ofENOA AND THE CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME OF THE EUROPEAN UNION