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Ronja RäubertochterKids eventNew Production

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
2017 November 18 17:00, November 26 14:00, November 30 10:30, December 03 14:00, December 08 10:30, December 09 11:00, December 12 10:30, December 31 11:00, 2018 January 02 14:00, January 14 14:00, April 22 14:00, April 25 19:00
Performers
Zurich Opera
Carrie-Ann MathesonConductor
Marie-Ève SigneyroleDirector
Fabien TeignéSet Designer
YashiCostume Designer
Philharmonia Zürich
Chorzuzüger der Oper Zürich

Ronja, daughter of Mattis, the robber chieftain, is born during the night of a storm so terrible that it frightens even the ogres of the Mattis Forest. Ronja grows up among roughshod but warm-hearted robbers, who like nothing more than singing songs about carousing and fighting. Then, at last, the moment comes: for the first time, she is allowed to go into the Mattis Forest alone! Ronja finds her new freedom incredibly tempting, despite the many dangers of which Mattis has warned his impetuous daughter. When she indeed falls into a trap laid by the Rumble Dwarves, ironically, it is Birk, son of the enemy Borka robbers, who rescues her. The two become friends. Their parents are highly displeased and would like to forbid their friendship, but Ronja and Birk are inseparable and decide to spend the summer together in the forest without their parents.

The German composer Jörn Arnecke has created a family opera based on Astrid Lindgren’s famous story about the power of friendship and the courage of a strong-minded girl who strikes out on her own, even when confronted with fierce resistance. Ronja Räubertochter (Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter) was premièred at Duisburg Opera in 2014. Arnecke not only found the right tone for the wild robber songs, but also depicted the robbers’ forest with his subtly orchestrated, almost impressionistic music in such a way that the listener can almost literally sense the good and evil mythical creatures that dwell there. This is a complex piece of musical theatre that will appeal to children and adults alike. The French director Marie-Eve Signeyrole will stage Ronja Räubertochter with the theatrical resources of a large-scale opera production.

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