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“Alice in Wonderland” – New Opera by Johannes Harneit

Johannes Harneit’s new chamber opera for children and adults “Alice in Wonderland”, completed in 2014 and based on the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, will be given its world premiere on 2 May 2015 at the Bühnen der Stadt Gera. The libretto is a new translation by Lis Arends and Holger Krause will serve as music director. Harneit's “Alice in Wonderland” was commissioned by the Bühnen der Stadt Gera.

Ever since a merger undertaken in 1995, the Bühnen der Stadt Gera has been functioning with the Altenburg Provincial Theatre as a five-division theatre named “Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen”.

The story of “Alice in Wonderland” is as follows:
On a hot, long summer day, the little girl Alice encounters a white rabbit with a clock – she follows him into his hutch and thus becomes immersed in a fascinating world full of absurdities and peculiar challenges. But everything in Wonderland that perhaps appears senseless or arbitrary at first glance reveals itself to be logical and providing of new insights. Alice encounters a mouse, the Mad Hatter, the Marchrabbit, a smoking caterpillar, a grinning cat that can simply dissolve into the air, and the dominating Queen of Hearts in command of an entire army of playing cards. Alice faces up to all situations, full of courage and curiosity; these become ever more threatening until they ultimately become a matter of death or freedom.

Further performances at the Bühne am Park Gera: 3 and 17 May (both 4 PM), 31 May 2015 (2:30 PM)

2 May 2015
Bühnen der Stadt, Bühne am Park, 3 PM
World premiere: Johannes Harneit,
“Alice in Wonderland”. Chamber Opera for children and
adults in two acts
Based on the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll
Libretto by Lis Arends
Holger Krause (musical direction)


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