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The Boy Who Grew Too Fast Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)

Deze productie was te zien in mei 2019

Dutch spoken

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Van Gian Carlo Menotti

What do you do when you are different from everybody else? Try not to stand out? Or ignore what others think?



One-act opera for young people
Music and libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti
World premiere 24 September 1982, Grand Opera House, Wilmington, Delaware


This production

New production
Dutch translation by Ruben van Gogh
Premiere 3 May 2019

The Boy Who Grew Too Fast is an opera for children ages 6 and up about belonging and being yourself. The performance is sung and acted by adult singers and a children’s chorus.


Poponel doesn’t fit in with his classmates. He is growing so fast that all the other children tease him for being too tall. But he finds a solution: a professor who has a machine that can make Poponel small again. There’s only one condition. From now on, Poponel has to behave just like all the other children. Will Poponel be able to fit in with everybody else? Or is he destined to be different?

The composer

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007) wrote his first opera at the age of 11. He is best known for his Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, made for American TV and so enthusiastically received that it was broadcast for many years. Menotti continued to compose up to an advanced age, including for young audiences. He wrote The boy who grew too fast for OperaDelaware in 1982.


Team, Cast en Koor

Leonard Evers
Stage Director
Maria Lamont
Set Designer
Morgana Machado Marques
Costume Designer
Jorine van Beek
Lighting Designer
Glen d'Haenens
Wout van Tongeren
National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands
Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor
Chorus Masters
Caro Kindt
Anaïs de la Morandais
Miss Hoop
Maartje Rammeloo
Erik Slik
Mrs. Skosvodomonit
Wilke te Brummelstroete
Dr. Shrinck
Marcel Reijans
Mad Dog
Alexander de Jong
Nurse Proctor
Leonie van Rheden