Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen
FANTASY OPERA IN NINE SCENES
Libretto by Maurice Sendak
Who has never dreamed of having thrilling adventures in a faraway fantasy world? Our second opera for families at Christmas allows you to do just that. In Oliver Knussen’s Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen we have a work on the programme this year that has been enthralling young & all ever since it was first performed back in 1980. It is based on the bestseller by Maurice Sendak – a picture book that tells a story with virtually no text at all. The young boy Max has quarrelled with his mother. But instead of staying in his room as he has been told, he sets off on a voyage to a distant island... To turn his story into an opera libretto, Sendak let his imagination run riot, inventing, for instance, a new language for the Wild Things that Max meets on the island. This inspired Oliver Knussen to what is probably his most adventurous music: It whistles, squeaks, sparkles, shines, entices and dances with a lightness that delights. Knussen took the music that had influenced him in his youth as a guide. To stage this explosion of ideas, we have invited director and puppet virtuoso Nikolaus Habjan.
In German with German surtitles
Introduction to the work 30 minutes before curtain-up on 16, 17 and 27 December
(P) 2001 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin
With the kind permission of Universal Music GmbH
Max is a little boy whose favourite things are mischief and adventures. His wild imagination and the terrific noise he makes playing in his room infuriate his mother: she sends him to bed with no supper.
But then his bedroom is transformed into an untamed jungle. Max finds a sailing boat, climbs in and goes off on a long journey across a wide ocean. When he encounters a sea monster he fearlessly makes the creature disappear again.
Eventually he reaches an island. But the idyll he finds there is deceptive: there are wild things living there, monsters that rush towards Max as if to attack him. Again, Max shows no fear: he succeeds in averting the danger and taming the wild things. They take Max in and make him their king. Together they have a riotous time until it becomes too much even for Max and he sends the monsters to bed with no supper.
At night he feels homesick and longs for his mother. He rows back across the ocean, landing in his bedroom which looks the same as it always did. And that’s not all: in the meantime his mother has placed a hot supper there.
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