Opera for children
by Cesar Bresgen
Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
Children Soloists from Musikschule Bela Bartok, Berlin
Choir: Löwenkinderchor Berlin, Pariser Platz
Conductor: Wsewolod Silkin
Set and costumes: Maria Gamsjäger
Light and Technique: Ismael Schott
Choir teachers: Norienne und Jan Olberg
Teacher Soloists: Michael Engelke
A production by VIVOCCHIO led by Thomas Böttcher.
In cooperation with the Lions Club Berlin – Pariser Platz
and the Löwenkinder – Chor Berlin e.V.
This is the story of the Brothers Grimm, and Cesar Bresgen set it into an amusing opera for children. Let yourself be carried away into the fantastic adventures of the small hedgehog!
In this project I was concerned to involve the kids in every part of the production process. It is not just an opera for children, but an opera with children. The children have not only sung and played, but they were involved in the design of the stage and the costumes themselves, and they have developed some scenic ideas. Together we worked on the ideas for costume and stage design. The texts have been found out together in the rehearsals.
In doing so, the children are able to learn to solve complex processes and become a strong team. In addition, the musical progress must not be forgotten, as well as the speech training and, at the same time, the combination of these skills with scenic events and choreographies. Projects of this kind promote the of personality development at all levels.