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THE LITTLE RING. Musical fairy-tale for
children and adults

Composer: Müller-Wieland, Jan
Lyricists: Müller-Wieland, Birgit
Playing time: 75:00
Opus/Year: (2009)
Genre: Opera
Instrumentation: 10 Sänger (5 Erw., 5 Jg.), 3 Sprechrollen, KiChor, Ensemble (19 Sti.)
Premiere performance: 28.07.2010 / Regensburg / D / Sing- u.Musikschule Regensburg / Musikschulorchester Regensburg / Kinderchor der Musikschule


Three mermaids playfully bustle in the water and guard the powerful ring which brings good luck. Dazzled by the prospect of having the power to “be able to determine anything,” Alpha-Stroke, the computerobsessed leader of the robo-trolls, steals the ring. The King has had a magnificent new castle built for him by two giants. They demand the Apple Goddess as their fee for this work. The King agrees to this without considering that it is the Apple Goddess alone, with her apples, who give the King and his family eternal youth. Sly Dog, the King’s brother cannot divert the giants from their goal with his story about the stolen ring. They leave with the Apple Goddess, the Apple Tree wilts and everyone starts to age. The King and his brother sneak into the computer bunker where Alpha-Stroke and the robo-trolls live. With the help of a sneaky trick, Sly Dog succeeds in stealing the precious ring from Alpha-Stroke. Inflamed with rage, Alpha-Stroke curses the ring. The giants agree to exchange the Apple Goddess for the ring. The released goddess makes everyone young again, but the curse on the ring starts to take effect: the giants get into a terrible fight over the ring, during which one of them is killed. The surviving giant changes into a dragon and the King sets out on his travels. Siggi has lived with the robo-trolls since his birth, under the care of Alpha-Stroke He wants nothing more than to find out who his real parents are and to finally learn what fear is. The only indication of his origin is a broken sword which is said to have belonged to his father. He downloads instructions from the internet, with the help of which he manages to repair the weapon. Alpha-Stroke sees that Siggi is the only one able to steal the ring from the dragon. He leads the youth to the monster, but the latter does not feel like fighting. The golden ring mercilessly encloses one of his giant molars and is causing a terrible toothache. The Woodland Bird flies by and tells a joke which makes the poor dragon laugh so hard that the aching tooth, together with ring, flies out of the dragon’s mouth. Overjoyed to be relieved of his pain, the now-gentle dragon gives the ominous ring to Siggi. Alpha-Stroke tries in vain to steal the ring from the unsuspecting Siggi. The Woodland Bird tells Siggi of the mysterious Schoenwilde, who is enclosed by a circle of fire on a rock, and lies there asleep, a spell cast on her. Only he who is free of fear can get to her. Thrilled by the idea of freeing Schoenwilde, Siggi sets out and encounters the King in the woods, disguised as a wanderer. The youth finds out that the King is responsible for the death of his parents and breaks the old man’s lance in two. The King now realises that his days in power are numbered. Siggi finds the sleeping Schoenwilde. When she opens her eyes, the two fall in love and Siggi, as a lover, feels fear for the first time in his life. He gives Schoenwilde the ring, the danger of which he is unaware. Then Apple Tree and Woodland Bird think of a way of diverting impending disaster from the young couple. In a rapid flight, Woodland Bird slips off the ring from Schoenwilde’s finger and brings it to the mermaids. They are overjoyed to receive the lustrous ring; it has returned to its original place, lost its curse and once again become a ring that brings good luck.

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