Friday, 13 June 2014

Yesterday : world première of Nils Henrik Asheim's 'Stormen' in Oslo

Yesterday, a new children opera after William Shakespeare's The Tempest was premièred in Oslo, with a libretto written by Rune Belsvik and music composed by Nils Henrik Asheim, with references to Arne Nordheim's music for the ballet The Tempest. The complete title is The Tempest - A Tale of Miranda and Ferdinand.

Here is what the composer writes about this new work on his website :
This unique project is a joint effort by the Norwegian Opera and Ballet's Childrens' Choir and Childrens' Ballet. In the orchestra pit of Scene 2 in the Norwegian Opera you will also find members of the Barratt-Due Junior Orchestra in addition to professional musicians.
The story starts with Miranda on her 12th birthday. Her daddy is always working in his laboratory, and her toys and dolls are boring her. The Fairy brings her a mystical present that could foresee something for the future, and a certain boy called Ferdinand appears.
The opera will be performed (in New Norwegian) only 8 times, and lasts 70 minutes. It is directed by Gunnar Bergstrøm, with a choreography by Kristian Støvind.

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