Dates

17 April 2021, 4 p.m.

Location

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Online

Running time

1:00

Tickets

Free

A song for the moon

Family opera (6+)

Feeling lonely, Mole decides to write a song that will cheer up the moon. Grasshopper rehearses his orchestra until they know the song by heart. Then, one night, they put on a beautiful concert. So why does the moon look so sad afterwards…?

Family opera (6+)

Feeling lonely, Mole decides to write a song that will cheer up the moon. Grasshopper rehearses his orchestra until they know the song by heart. Then, one night, they put on a beautiful concert. So why does the moon look so sad afterwards…?

The wondrous world of Toon Tellegen

A Song for the Moon [Een lied voor de maan] is based on the eponymous children’s book by Toon Tellegen, who has won worldwide acclaim for his short stories featuring animals. Beloved by all ages, his work gives a philosophical spin to amusing and bizarre situations. Several of his stories have been set to music, including the Holland Festival production The Cricket Recovers (2011). The narrative of A Song for the Moon instantly struck a chord with composer Mathilde Wantenaar: ‘The story appealed to my musical imagination . [] It tackles important themes such as loneliness, identity, disappointment and friendship, but it is also a story about the power of music and its ability to bring people together.

Creatives

Mathilde Wantenaar
Mathilde Wantenaar (b. 1993) is a young composer who has already earned her spurs in the Dutch musical arena as well as at Dutch National Opera. She contributed her composing talents to the community project BOOM! | Amsterdam is an opera and wrote the short chamber opera personar for the first edition of OFF in 2016. A Song for the Moon, created for younger audiences, is Wantenaar’s first major opera.

Young artistic team
A Song for the Moon has its origins in a workshop organised by the European Network of Opera Academies. This network is an initiative by a number of opera houses, including Dutch National Opera, which develops masterclasses and workshops for young musicians, singers as well as stage directors.

Watch the trailer!

Trailer lied voor de maan

Credits

Libretto

Mathilde Wantenaar & Willem Bruls based on the original book of Toon Tellegen

Stage direction

Beatrice Lachausée

Set and costumes

Nele Ellegiers

Video

Coen Bouman

Light

Cor van den Brink

Dramaturgy

Willem Bruls

Muzical coaching

Leonard Evers

Orchestra

Nationaal Jeugdorkest

The mole

Vera Fiselier

The field mouse / the moon

Ginette Puylaert

The dormouse / cricket

Francine Vis

The frog

Jan-Willem Schaafsma

The grasshopper / the earthworm

Berend Eijkhout

The shrew

Mirna Ackers

Children's Music Week

The 'Kindermuziekweek [Children's Music Week] is an annual event, organized by De Doelen and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, to introduce children to live music. Until 2018 this was only in Rotterdam, but from 2019 we joined forces with 10 musical partners to make it a national event. This year, the online Children's Music Week will take place from April 9-18 and there are all kinds of activities to enjoy, from the operas A Song for the Moon and Gold! to baby concerts to DJ workshops.

Lied voor de maan
Lied voor de maan
Lovely reviews
in the media
22 March

A song for the moon breathes infectious pleasure in everything.

22 March

This co-production with Opera Zuid, among others, deserves to be kept in the repertoire, especially with this cast.

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