15-23 Oct 2022


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Boekmanzaal

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The girl the hunter and the wolf

Things are not what they seem (6+)

Dangerous, greedy, cunning, and dishonest: this is most likely the wolf you’ve read about in fairy tales. But what if he were allowed to have a say? Is he really such a scoundrel, or perhaps just unlucky?

Things are not what they seem (6+)

In The Girl, the Hunter and the Wolf you will experience classic fairy tales through the eyes of the wolf. That incident with Little Red Riding Hood, the scene at the Little Pigs’ front door… things weren’t as straightforward as we’ve always been led to believe. Due to a string of misunderstandings, prejudices, bad luck and a bizarre confluence of circumstances, the wolf is always wrongly portrayed as a villain. It’s high time to restore his good name.

The Girl, the Hunter and the Wolf is a musical, tragicomic performance for anyone aged 6 and over. By presenting a different perspective to how the wolf is generally perceived, the production makes an appeal for empathy and tolerance in a playful and imaginative way.


Creative team

The Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça often writes for opera and music theatre. His first opera, House Taken Over, premiered at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. For The Girl, the Hunter and the Wolf, he is working with the philosopher and writer Gonçalo M. Tavares, whose novels, children’s books, essays, plays and poetry have been translated into more than 25 languages. The stage direction is in the hands of the innovative Flemish theatre maker Inne Goris, who works at the interface of music theatre, dance, and visual arts.

Performance information

Composition Vasco Mendonça
Libretto  Gonçalo M. Tavares

Stage direction Inne Goris
Musical direction Alphonse Cemin
Dramaturgy Willem Bruls
Scenography Stef Stessel
Costume design Lotte Boonstra
Costume assistance Eli Verkeyn, Stefania Assandri

The Wolf Arturo den Hartog
The Hunter Leonie van Rheden (o.a.)
The Girl Sabra el Bahri Khatri (o.a.)

Musical performance SPECTRA (percussion, electric guitar, bass clarinet & cello)

Co-production with LOD muziektheater (Gent) and LU.CA
– Teatro Luís de Camões (Lisbon)

School performances  Private matinee performances will be given especially to schools.

Family opera in the autumn break

Ticket prices

  • Adults: € 12,50
  • Children aged 16 and under: € 10,00

All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

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