Today, the Berliner Philharmoniker presents the world première of Andrew Norman's children opera A Trip to the Moon, with a libretto by the composer inspired by Georges Méliès' 1902 silent film.
It is the composer's first opera.
The opera follows a band of bumbling astronomers and their documentarian (the young George Méliès himself) as they explore the moon, attempt to fix their broken rocket, and meet a community of Selenites, mysterious moon people who are facing a perilous threat of their own... (reproduced from the LSO website)The cast includes soprano Sophia Burgos, soprano Iwona Sobotka and tenor Peter Tantsits. Sir Simon Rattle conducts members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and several community choirs. Ela Baumann directs.
The required orchestra is the following (according to the Schott Music website) :
- 3 flutes, 3 clarinets ;
- 3 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba ;
- 3 percussionists ;
- piano and strings.
The performance should last about 50 minutes. The opera will also be performed by the LSO in July 2017 and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2018.