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opera for young audience

A Song for the Moon

Mathilde Wantenaar, Béatrice Lachaussée

26 June 2021

Feeling lonely, Mole decides to write a song that will cheer up the moon.

Grasshopper rehearses his orchestra until they know the song by heart.

Then, one night, they put on a beautiful concert. So why does the moon look so sad afterwards…?

A Song for the Moon [Een lied voor de maan] is based on the eponymous children’s book by Toon Tellegen, who has won worldwide acclaim for his short stories featuring animals. Beloved by all ages, his work gives a philosophical spin to amusing and bizarre situations. Several of his stories have been set to music, including the Holland Festival production The Cricket Recovers (2011).

 

The narrative of A Song for the Moon instantly struck a chord with composer Mathilde Wantenaar: ‘The story appealed to my musical imagination. […] It tackles important themes such as loneliness, identity, disappointment and friendship, but it is also a story about the power of music and its ability to bring people together.’

 

A Song for the Moon has its origins in an enoa workshop for artists interested in developing new operas for young audiences. This two-session workshop was organised by La Monnaie / De Munt and LOD muziektheater under the guidance of dramaturg Willem Bruls. 

 

The opera will premiere at the Dutch National Opera on March 2020.

 

 

 

Distribution

Composer Mathilde Wantenaar
Libretto Mathilde Wantenaar & Willem Bruls after the eponymous book by Toon Tellegen
Stage Director Béatrice Lachaussée
 

Set & costume design Nele Ellegiers
Light design Cor van den Brink
Video design Coen Bouman
Dramaturgy Willem Bruls
 

De Mole Nina van Essen
The Grasshopper/Earth Worm Berend Eijkhout
The Frog Jan Willem Schaafsma
The Field Mouse/Moon Ginette Puylaert
The Dormouse/Cricket Francine Vis

Music Ensemble National Youth Orchestra
Violin Louis Barme
Viola Bart Folkers
Cello Renée Timmer
Flute/Field Mouse Mirna Ackers
Guitar Piotr Lipowicz
Clarinet Simon Karremans


Musical coach Leonard Evers
Repetitor Brian Fieldhouse
Assistant stage director Ella Marchment

Co-production

Production of Dutch National Opera

In coproduction with La Monnaie (Brussels), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid), Opera Zuid (Maastricht)

With the support of enoa and Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

 

Distribution

Composer Mathilde Wantenaar
Libretto Mathilde Wantenaar & Willem Bruls after the eponymous book by Toon Tellegen
Stage Director Béatrice Lachaussée
 

Set & costume design Nele Ellegiers
Light design Cor van den Brink
Video design Coen Bouman
Dramaturgy Willem Bruls
 

De Mole Nina van Essen
The Grasshopper/Earth Worm Berend Eijkhout
The Frog Jan Willem Schaafsma
The Field Mouse/Moon Ginette Puylaert
The Dormouse/Cricket Francine Vis

Music Ensemble National Youth Orchestra
Violin Louis Barme
Viola Bart Folkers
Cello Renée Timmer
Flute/Field Mouse Mirna Ackers
Guitar Piotr Lipowicz
Clarinet Simon Karremans


Musical coach Leonard Evers
Repetitor Brian Fieldhouse
Assistant stage director Ella Marchment

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