20 October - 28 November
Tournee, different locations
Youth opera based on the book by Toon Tellegen (6+)
Lonesome mole decides to write a song to cheer up the moon. Grasshopper rehearses the song with his orchestra until they have completely mastered it and, one night, they give a magnificent concert. But why does the moon still look so sad?
PLEASE NOTE: you need a valid QR code from the coronavirus entry pass to visit this performance.
Libretto Mathilde Wantenaar and Willem Bruls based on the book by Toon Tellegen
Stage direction Béatrice Lachaussée
Set design and costumes Nele Ellegiers
Video design Coen Bouman
Lighting design Cor van den Brink
Dramaturgy Willem Bruls
Music coach Leonard Evers
Mole Vera Fiselier
Field mouse/Moon Ginette Puylaert
Dormouse/Cricket Eline Welle
Frog Jan-Willem Schaafsma
Grasshopper/Earthworm Berend Eijkhout
Shrew Mirna Ackers
Orchestra Nationaal Jeugdorkest (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands)
A number of private performances will be given especially to schools. Click here for more information about the school performances.
Commission and co-production of Dutch National Opera, De Munt (Brussel), Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid), Opera Zuid (Maastricht)
Sung in Dutch
Free online programme booklet
Click on the link below and receive the free online programme booklet before the premiere. The booklet contains beautiful images and everything you need to know about the music and cast!
To ensure that, in spite of the current corona pandemic, your visit is as safe as possible, Dutch National Opera & Ballet follows the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Read more
A Song for the Moon colouring page
A colouring page of the mole from A Song for the Moon has been created especially for our youngest opera lovers! Click on the link below to receive the colouring page.
A song for the moon breathes infectious pleasure in everything.
This co-production with Opera Zuid, among others, deserves to be kept in the repertoire, especially with this cast.
It is a wonderful show for all ages.
NJO National Youth Orchestra
The NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands was founded in 1957 and has been offering a stage to young talented musicians between 18 and 26 for over sixty years. Since 2019, the National Youth Orchestra and the Jeugdorkest Nederland have joined forces as Nationale Jeugdorkesten Nederland. Earlier, the orchestra performed at Dutch National Opera in their productions of Il matrimonio segreto and The Boy who grew too fast. In the season 2021-2022, the National Youth Orchestra will be featured in the youth opera A Song for the Moon.
This production is made possible by the support of