Musik & Theater

The Little Sweep
Opera by Benjamin Britten

* abgespielt

What happens when children, on their own initiative, set out to to invent their own opera?

We follow the progress of a piece from concept to completed project – plans being frantically produced, story lines invented, grown-up helpers drafted in, sets constructed and casts tried out – “let’s make an opera”. Very soon they agree to tell the story of the boy Sammy, who is sold by his father to Black Bob, the brutal chimney sweep, and is helped to escape by some children and his stout-hearted nanny. They bathe the sooty “black boy” and cover his tracks. The children hide him under their toys and give him something to eat. And when the curmudgeonly housekeeper Miss Baggott threatens to discover his hiding place, somebody pretends to faint.

Powered by the wings of their imagination, the young actors take us on a journey behind the curtains and out onto the stage, which represents the world – a world where a basic sense of identity can outsmart harsh reality.

Tickets: Band A €31/ B €28/ C €25; box seats

Children and young people: A €20 / B €15 / C €9

  • Music: Benjamin Britten
  • Book: Eric Crozier
  • Conductor: Manolo Cagnin
  • Director: Philipp M. Krenn
  • Manuela Leonhartsberger
  • Wiener Sängerknaben
  • Barbara Palmetzhofer
  • Manfred Schwaiger
  • Streichquartett der Schubert-Akademie
  • Piano: Lukas Reichmann
  • Piano: Lukas Sternath
  • Percussion: Uli Soyka
  • Wardrobe and sets: Nikolaus Webern
  • Video: Roland Horvath