21 December 2024 - 5 January 2025


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Studio Boekman

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From € 12,50

A song for the moon, boy with ukulele

Family opera based on the book by Toon Tellegen (6+)

“A wonderful production for young and old alike”, wrote the Dutch newspaper NRC after the premiere of A Song for the Moon. Theaterkrant magazine concluded that the production “deserves to become a regular part of the repertoire”. We took those words to heart: following the overwhelming success of this heart-warming family opera, we will be bringing it back to Studio Boekman for the Christmas holidays.

Photo: Michiel Spijkers

Family opera based on the book by Toon Tellegen (6+)

The lonely Mole decides to write a song to cheer up the Moon. The Grasshopper rehearses with his orchestra until they have mastered the song and then one night they give an amazing concert. But why does the Moon look so sad afterwards...?

‘My first opera’

A Song for the Moon is based on Toon Tellegen’s book of the same name, a fable about the power of music. Composer Mathilde Wantenaar has turned the story into a lovely ‘My first opera’ for a young audience and their parents. It is an accessible yet multi-layered production that does just what the story says: it moves people through its music.

Making contact

When Mathilde Wantenaar read Toon Tellegen’s book A Song for the Moon, she was captivated. “The story appealed to my musical imagination. It deals with important topics such as loneliness, identity, disappointment and friendship. It is also about the power of music and the ability to make contact with one another.” Wantenaar got to know stage director Béatrice Lachaussée and set designer Nele Ellegiers during a workshop organised by ENOA, a European talent development network that DNO is involved in. During their conversations, the idea for this children’s opera was born.

Performance information

Sung in Dutch

Libretto  Mathilde Wantenaar and Willem Bruls 
Based on the book by Toon Tellegen

Stage direction  Béatrice Lachaussée
Set and costume design  Nele Ellegiers
Video design  Coen Bouman
Lighting design  Cor van den Brink
Dramaturgy  Willem Bruls
Musical coach  Leonard Evers

Mole  Vera Fiselier
Fieldmouse / Moon / Forest (ensemble)  Ginette Puylaert
Dormouse / Cricket / Forest (ensemble)  Eline Welle
Frog / Forest (ensemble)  Jan-Willem Schaafsma
Grasshopper / Earthworm / Forest (ensemble)  Berend Eijkhout
Shrew  Mirna Ackers

Nationaal Jeugdorkest (National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands)

Commission and co-production of Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie / De Munt (Brussel), Festival d’Aixen- Provence, Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (Madrid), Opera Zuid (Maastricht)

The original book A Song for the Moon by Toon Tellegen was published by Em. Querido’s Uitgeverij, Amsterdam, 2012

Performances for schools
We offer exclusive school matinees for primary school students. Please visit this page for more information.

Ticket prices

  • CJP, Stadspas & Youth aged 16 and under: € 12,50
  • Adults: € 15,00

All prices exclude the booking fee (€ 2 per ticket).

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Nationaal Jeugdorkest

National Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1957, the NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands has been providing a stage for talented young musicians for over 60 years. In 2019, the National Youth Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands officially joined forces to become the National Youth Orchestras of the Netherlands. The orchestra has performed at the home of Dutch National Opera before, in Il matrimonio segreto, De jongen die te snel groeide and A Song for the moon. The NJO will shine again in A Song for the Moon during season 2024 - 2025.