Libretto by Susanne Felicitas Wolf (G)
Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes
for the world.
Ruth Brauer-Kvam, director
Conductor: Erina Yashima
Company: Komische Oper Berlin
|Morten, a (farm) goose, his friend
|Akka of Kebnekaise, leader of the wild geese
|Smirre, the fox
|Isatter Kajsa, a troll queen / Peasant woman
|Karen Nilsson, Nils’s mother / Lillemor, a loon female
|Ville Vatte, a dwarf
|Holger Nilsson, Nils’s father / Olle, a sea eagle
|Yksi, Kaksi & Kuusi
||Soli from chorus (with speaking part)
|Choir of the geese
||Soli from chorus
|Choir of the rats, Choir of the sea birds
It’s not always easy being a kid. No one knows this better than Nils Holgersson. Your parents are annoyed, there are constant arguments, and you don’t really know what to do with your bad moods. But the real problems only start when Nils takes out his anger on a house gnome, who punishes the cheeky boy by shrinking him down to the size of a thumb. When Martin the goose decides to run away from the Holgersson farm, the now mini Nils throws himself on Martin’s neck—and suddenly finds himself in the middle of not only an adventure, but a flock of wild geese ...
Nils has to go through all sorts of adventures, earn the trust of the wild geese, and discover the many reasons why it can be good to be so small. A story about courage, friendship, and self-confidence.
(Komische Oper Berlin)