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Vom Mädchen, das nicht schlafen wollte
Opera for children and grown-ups

Composer: Lange, Marius Felix
Lyricists: Baltscheit, Martin
Playing time: 90:00
Opus/Year: (2014)
Genre: Children's opera
Instrumentation: 2 (2. auch Picc, Altflöte), 2 (2. auch EH), 2 (2. auch Es- und Bassklar.), 2 (2. auch Kontrafg.) - 4 2, 3 (3. = Bassposaune), 1 - Pk, 4 Schl, Harfe, Klavier/Celesta (1 Spieler) - Streicher
Premiere performance: 14.02.2014 / Duisburg / D / Theater Duisburg / Duisburger Philharmoniker / Chor der Dt. Oper am Rhein / Lukas Beikircher (Leitung)

Content:

Lena and Leander are playing together at the river. The boy would like to impress his girlfriend by knocking off apples from trees by throwing stones at them. Suddenly Lena discovers a dead bird under the tree and reproaches Leander. Her friend tries to calm her down: "My father told me that they lie down and sleep. Then along comes a princess who kisses them, and they wake up and start singing." The girl then decides to never fall asleep again, out of fear of never waking up again. No one can prevent her from doing this, neither her parents not the doctors who are called in. Finally, her friend Leander sets out to look for a suitable soporific, and travels with Lena throughout the entire world. The two experience numerous adventures, get lost, meet sinister characters and ultimately return to their home village, thanks to the moon's help. But now, nothing is the way it was before ...

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