Wiener Staatsoper, Stage Director: René Zisterer
»Our parents were very poor and we all had scarcely enough to eat. One day our dad took me and my brothers into the forest and we couldn‘t find our way back. We met the animals of the forest who filled us with confidence. But we met the terrible man-eater Orco, too. And from then on we needed a good plan and courage to win out.«
Henze‘s opera, first performed in 1980, tells the story of a smart boy, Pollicino, and his brothers who learn that, with confidence, courage and friendship, you can always find a way out. This »Fairy Tale for Music« is interpreted by members of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and by children from its Opera School – just as Henze would have wished it.
Booklet for children in English and German
Including separate music sheet of the final opera’s song
How do the director and the set and costume designer know what the hut belonging to Pollicinos’ parents or the wood are to look like? Is it written in the scores?
R.Z.: The artistic team, which deals with the opera in order to bring it to the stage, must combine craftsmanship with lots of imagination. The director and the set and costume designer have learned to unravel the story – hidden among the lines of the score in full detail – and tell it in a clear and clever way using their powers of imagination.
Do the children not want to go back home in the end because their parents are so evil? After they have managed to cross the river they have no idea where to go and have no adults to take care of them.
R.Z.: Together, the children have overcome a number of obstacles. They have found a way, namely their own way. They have matured a lot. In the end tey have enhanced their self-confidence and face their new challenges head on. Finally, the trees are no longer bare and the light heralds the arrival of spring.
Pollicino: Mattheus Sinko
Pollicino’s Father: Hans Peter Kammerer
Pollicino’s Mother: Caroline Wenborne
Man-eater: Andreas Hörl
Man-eater’s Wife: Simina Ivan
Owl: Ulrike Helzel
Clothilde: Clarisse Jähn
Stage Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper
Orchestra of the Musikgymnasium Neustiftgasse
Conductor: Gerrit Prießnitz