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A Trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon

An opera for people of all ages

inspired by Georges Méliès's silent film "A Trip to the Moon" (1902)

Words and music by Andrew Norman

German translation by David Paul


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English - German - Moonish

 
description
Taking inspiration from Georges Méliès’ seminal 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon, this whimsical opera follows a band of bumbling astronomers and their documentarian (the young Georges Méliès himself) as they explore the moon, attempt to fix their broken rocket, and interact with a mysterious race of moon people who are facing a perilous threat of their own, a child-eating monster that lurks outside their town.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association within a series of commissions of children’s operas led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Subtitle: An opera for people of all ages
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).0.3(3.bcl).0-3.3.3.1-3perc(I: crot [2 octaves], 3 splash cym, 2 resonant metals [brake d, anvil, etc.], 4 tempbl, kick d, 2 bass boomwhackers [tuned D and A], thunder tube [sm]; II: glsp, sus cym, slapstick, kick d, metal guiro [lg], thunder tube [lg], 6-note D major boomwhacker xylophone [D4-B4]; III: vib, xyl, tam-t, sus cym, sandbl)-pno-str
occupation: Eoa · soprano - Ieoaoa, Queen of the Moon People · mezzo-soprano - Georges Méliès · tenor - Moon Woman 1 · soprano - Moon Woman 2 · mezzo-soprano - Moon Man 1 · tenor - Moon Man 2 · baritone - 6 Astronomers (Professor Barbenfouillis, Micromegas, Omega, Alcofrisbas, Nostradamus, Parafaragaramus) · speaking roles - Moon people · adult choir, youth choir, children's choir - 3 chant leaders · conducting roles
Taking inspiration from Georges Méliès’ seminal 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon, this whimsical opera follows a band of bumbling astronomers and their documentarian (the young Georges Méliès himself) as they explore the moon, attempt to fix their broken rocket, and interact with a mysterious race of moon people who are facing a perilous threat of their own, a child-eating monster that lurks outside their town.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association within a series of commissions of children’s operas led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey
Performance duration: 50'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Corporation
Subtitle: An opera for people of all ages
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).0.3(3.bcl).0-3.3.3.1-3perc(I: crot [2 octaves], 3 splash cym, 2 resonant metals [brake d, anvil, etc.], 4 tempbl, kick d, 2 bass boomwhackers [tuned D and A], thunder tube [sm]; II: glsp, sus cym, slapstick, kick d, metal guiro [lg], thunder tube [lg], 6-note D major boomwhacker xylophone [D4-B4]; III: vib, xyl, tam-t, sus cym, sandbl)-pno-str
occupation: Eoa · soprano - Ieoaoa, Queen of the Moon People · mezzo-soprano - Georges Méliès · tenor - Moon Woman 1 · soprano - Moon Woman 2 · mezzo-soprano - Moon Man 1 · tenor - Moon Man 2 · baritone - 6 Astronomers (Professor Barbenfouillis, Micromegas, Omega, Alcofrisbas, Nostradamus, Parafaragaramus) · speaking roles - Moon people · adult choir, youth choir, children's choir - 3 chant leaders · conducting roles
Conductor: Teddy Abrams
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2018-03-03 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall
Conductor: Teddy Abrams
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2018-03-02 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
2017-07-09 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Centre
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
2017-06-18 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 11:00
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
2017-06-17 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 15:00