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Mathilde Wantenaar, Béatrice Lachaussée
18 March 2020
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.