1. BASED ON A BOOK BY TOON TELLEGEN
A Song for the Moon is a stirring adaptation of the book of the same name penned by the much-loved writer, Toon Tellegen. His poignant and philosophical tales about animals captivate readers of all ages worldwide. Composer Mathilde Wantenaar reflects, “The narrative instantly resonated with my musical imagination. It addresses profound themes like loneliness, identity, disappointment and friendship. Moreover, it explores the power of music and our innate capacity for connection.”
2. OPERA FOR YOUNG AND OLD
Blending a whimsical storyline, imaginative set designs and entrancing music, this production provides children with a perfect introduction to the world of opera. Yet, mirroring the depth of Tellegen's tales, adults will also find a wealth of nuance in this multifaceted performance.
3. A PIECE BY THE RENOWNED COMPOSER MATHILDE WANTENAAR
The sought-after and esteemed Dutch composer Mathilde Wantenaar (born 1993) has an impressive portfolio to her name. She has composed commissioned works for esteemed institutions such as the ZaterdagMatinee and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Her ties with Dutch National Opera span many years; even during her student days, Wantenaar was involved in two talent development initiatives, one of which took place during the Opera Forward Festival.
4. RAVE REVIEWS
Following its debut in the autumn of 2021, A Song for the Moon rapidly sold out every show. The press showered accolades, with NRC describing it as “A delightful show for young and old” after the premiere. Theaterkrant lauded it further, concluding that the performance “deserves to be a staple in the repertoire.” Those who missed the opportunity to get tickets two years ago now have a second chance...
5. DISCOVER OUR NEW SMALL THEATRE
A Song for the Moon will be performed in Studio Boekman, Dutch National Opera & Ballet’a new small theatre. Over the past few months, extensive work has been done to transform the old ‘Boekmanzaal’ into a truly level-floor space. A Song for the Moon will be the first opera to be performed in the new theatre.