Today, the Semperoper in Dresden presents the world première of Das Rätsel der gestohlenen Stimmen (Mr A's amazing Maze Plays) an music theatre for children composed by Johannes Wulff-Woesten, with a libretto by Manfred Weiß, based on Alan Ayckbourn's play.
Johannes Wulff-Woesten has already composed several works for the stage, including the chamber opera Die weiße Fürstin (after Rainer Maria Rilke, 1997) and Prinz Bussel (Dresden, 2013).
Susi lives with her mother in a small house in a small town. Her father, an enthusiastic balloonist, disappeared during a hot air balloon competition when she was still very young. As the sole breadwinner, Susi’s mother works in the town’s biscuit shop. One day the girl is given a puppy, which she names Otto. He never leaves her side and accompanies her wherever she goes – for example into the garden of the old abandoned villa lying opposite their house. This is a fantastic adventure playground for Susi and Otto; until Herr Akustikus moves into the property, that is. (reproduced from the Semperoper website)The cast includes soprano Tania Lorenzo (Susi), actor Mathias Schlung (Otto, her dog), mezzo Angela Liebold (Mutter), bass Martin-Jan Nijhof (Vater), countertenor Hagen Matzeit (Herr Akustikus) and tenor Barry Coleman (Herr Pichler). The composer conducts the Giuseppe-Sinopoli-Akademie of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Tom Quaas directs.
The venue is Semper Zwei.