SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
Children’s opera for 4 singers and 7 dwarfs
Cast: 2sop-mez-bar (4 singers) / children’s choir / keyb-perc-db (3 musicians) / electronics
Production Language: German
English Version: available
Commission and Artistic Production: Wiener Taschenoper.
Co-produced by Opernhaus Graz and Staatstheater Kassel.
Vienna performances in co-operation with MuTh and the Grammar School of the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
Vienna, Concert Hall of the Vienna Boys’ Choir: Jan 21st-27th, 2016
Graz, Opera House: Feb 25th - March 8th, 2016
Kassel, State Theatre: March 5th, 2017 (German Premiere)
Music: Wolfgang Mitterer after Engelbert Humperdinck
Libretto: Gerhard Dienstbier after Adelheid Wette
Stage Direction: Jevgenij Sitochin
Set Design: Harald Thor
Costume Design: Isis Flatz
Light Design: Jürgen Erntl
Snow White: Katharina Adamcyk
The Wicked Queen: Luciana Macini
Emma, the Maid: Theresa Dlouhy
Rupert, the Hunter/The King’s Son: Helmut Höllriegl
The Seven Dwarfs: Grammar School of the Vienna Boys’ Choir
Keyboard: Michael Tiefenbacher
Percussion: Bernd Thurner
Double Bass: Karl Sayer
The Grimm Brothers’ classic tale about the Wicked Queen, who envies her stepdaughter her beauty and poisons her with an apple, has been time and again inspiration to the arts. And so Engelbert Humperdinck, one of the most famous composers of fairy-tale operas, looked into it as well. His sister, Adelheid Wette, wrote a libretto for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, but he himself never created an opera from this. He did, however, compose four songs using the lyrics from the libretto: Snow White’s Waldlied (“Wood Song”), Der Zwerge Ankunft (“The Arrival of the Dwarfs”), Der Zwerge Schlummerlied (“The Dwarfs’ Slumber Song”) and Der Zwerge Klage (“The Dwarf’s Lament”) have been preserved, complete with piano accompaniment.
The current production now brings this Snow White – based on Humperdinck’s music – to life. For this Wolfgang Mitterer has created new arrangements of the four existing songs, supplemented with additional music by Humperdinck, drawing on Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, The King’s Children and other songs by the composer – as well as enhancing this music electronically.
Much, much applause for all participants, even for the wicked queen, in this truly enchanting production that we wish furthermore a big success. (Der neue Merker)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fascinates from the very first moment. (Kleine Zeitung)
When children are introduced to music, they are often faced with trite music and even more trite lyrics. But with his version of Humperdinck’s fairy-tale opera “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, Wolfgang Mitterer demonstrates that it does not have to be this way. (Die Presse)