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A Trip to the Moon

A Trip to the Moon

A melodrama for children

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.
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
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).0.3(3.bcl).0-3.3.3.1-3percI: crot [2 octaves], 3 splash cym, 2 resonant metals [brake d, anvil, etc.], 5 tempbl, 5 tin cans, kick d, 2 bass boomwhackers [tuned D and A], thunder tube [sm] with resonating metal surface, triangle; II: glsp [with bow], xylo, sus cym, log drum [4 tones] slapstick, kick d, guiro [lg], thundertube [lg] with resonating metal surface, metal music stand; III: vib [with bow], tam-t, sus cym, 4 opera gongs [dampened on a table], 4 bng)-pno-str(8.8.6.6.4, or 8.7.6.5.4)
occupation: Eoa · soprano - Queen of the Moon People · mezzo-soprano - Georges Méliès · tenor - Moon Man · tenor - 6 Astronomers (Professor Barbenfouillis, Micromegas, Omega, Alcofrisbas, Nostradamus, Parafaragaramus) · speaking roles - Attendants to the Queen · young women's ensemble (optional) - Moon people · adult choir, children's choir
Performances
Orchestra: Louisville Orchestra
2019-03-22 | Louisville,KY (United States of America), Whitney Hall
Orchestra: Louisville Orchestra
2019-03-21 | Louisville,KY (United States of America), Whitney Hall
Orchestra: Louisville Orchestra
2019-03-20 | Louisville,KY (United States of America), Whitney Hall
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 | national Premiere
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
2017-07-09 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Centre | national Premiere
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 | World Premiere
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.
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
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3(3.pic).0.3(3.bcl).0-3.3.3.1-3percI: crot [2 octaves], 3 splash cym, 2 resonant metals [brake d, anvil, etc.], 5 tempbl, 5 tin cans, kick d, 2 bass boomwhackers [tuned D and A], thunder tube [sm] with resonating metal surface, triangle; II: glsp [with bow], xylo, sus cym, log drum [4 tones] slapstick, kick d, guiro [lg], thundertube [lg] with resonating metal surface, metal music stand; III: vib [with bow], tam-t, sus cym, 4 opera gongs [dampened on a table], 4 bng)-pno-str(8.8.6.6.4, or 8.7.6.5.4)
occupation: Eoa · soprano - Queen of the Moon People · mezzo-soprano - Georges Méliès · tenor - Moon Man · tenor - 6 Astronomers (Professor Barbenfouillis, Micromegas, Omega, Alcofrisbas, Nostradamus, Parafaragaramus) · speaking roles - Attendants to the Queen · young women's ensemble (optional) - Moon people · adult choir, children's choir
Orchestra: Louisville Orchestra
2019-03-22 | Louisville,KY (United States of America), Whitney Hall
Orchestra: Louisville Orchestra
2019-03-21 | Louisville,KY (United States of America), Whitney Hall
Orchestra: Louisville Orchestra
2019-03-20 | Louisville,KY (United States of America), Whitney Hall
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 | national Premiere
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
2017-07-09 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Centre | national Premiere
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 | World Premiere