Today, Jörn Arnecke's new children opera, Ronja Räubertochter (Ronja, the Robber's Daughter) is being performed for the first time in Duisburg. The libretto by Holger Potocki is based on Astrid Lindgren's novel. Arnecke has already composed a dozen stage works for children.
The cast includes Maria Kataeva (Ronja), Heidi Elisabeth Meier (Birk), Torben Jürgens (Mattis), Cornel Frey (Borka), Marta Marquez (Lovis). Lukas Beikircher conducts and Johannes Schmid directs. It should last about 2 hours, including one interval. Performances will follow in Düsseldorf.
In the night when Ronia was born, thunder rolled over the mountains. Yes it was such a stormy night that even all the monsters who lived in Mattis’ Forest crawled away in fright … ” – Ronia, daughter of Mattis, a robber chieftain, grows up in the middle of the forest. One day on her travels she meets Birk, son of the enemy robber tribe of Borka. When the two’s parents forbid them to become friends, Ronia and Birk run away into the woods… (reproduced from the opera house's website)