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Music Text

Libretto by Paolo Madron after Lyman Frank Baum; German version by Hanna Francesconi (G,I)


2S,M,T,Bar,B; children's chorus; vocal ensemble (S-M; or mixed chorus), silent roles;
1(=picc).1.1.1-; II=glsp/xyl/cowbells/SD/crot/gong/BD/hi-hat/susp.cym/cyms/bells/tgl/wdbl/t.bells/claves/clapper/thunder sheet/wind chime/metal pieces-harp-pft(=cel)-accordion-strings( or tutti)

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Opernhaus, Zürich
Floris Visser, director / Opernhaus Zürich / SoprAlti / Kinderchor der Oper Zürich / Philharmonia Zürich / Kristiina Poska
Press Quotes

"A story about friendship and the feeling of security, about fears and overcoming them. And also about music, which makes everything easier, livelier ... Valtinoni masters the balancing act between pretence and entertainment, between opera and musical. His music is richly varied, rhythmical; at times it sounds a bit like Kurt Weill, and then again like Leonard Bernstein, and yet finds its own sound ... Beautiful melodies, suggestive children’s choruses, passages that make you tap your toes: there’s plenty of that. And the fact that the wizard is the only one who doesn’t sing is a cute point." (Susanne Kübler, Tagesanzeiger, 20.11.2016)



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