The story of a wise mouse inventing a beast to protect himself from his enemies before suddenly encountering the real Gruffalo has been one of the most popular children’s books for nearly two decades now. Just like in the book, the mouse meets the fox, the owl, the snake and finally the Gruffalo on the opera stage. Iván Fischer has assigned a specific instrument to each figure. Two narrators open the performance with a prologue and then guide the audience through the story.
The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children’s Books UK, published in Germany by Beltz (German translation: Monika Osberghaus)
The Konzerthaus Berlin would like to thank Ms Inga Maren Otto for her generous support.
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