Where the Wild Things Are

(1979/83)

by Oliver Knussen

Description
Fantasy opera in 1 act 9 scenes
Contributors
Henneberg C (Translator), Sendak M (Author)
Duration
40
Genres
Opera
Text
Maurice Sendak
Instrumentation
3(III=picc).1.ca.3(III=Ebcl).1.cbsn - 4030 - perc(4): vib/t.bells/2 tgl/4 susp.cym/c.bells/whip/5 tpl.bl/clogs/TD/3 tom-t/xyl/anvils/siz.cym/flexatone/mcas/2BD/balloon with pin/glsp/wind machine/spring coil/tam-t/gong/claves/vibraslap/tamb - pno (4 hands) - harp - strings (6.6.4.4.4)
Singer(s)
Max(S); Mama(MS); Tzippy(MS); Wild Thing with Beard(T): Wild Thing with Horns(Bar):Rooster Wild Thing(b-bar): Bull Wild Thing(B), Goat Wild Thing (dance-mime). All the Wild Things may be played by dancers on stage with singers (amplified) off-stage.
Languages
English, German
Commission

Commissioned by Opèra National, Brussels

First Performance
(original version) 28.11.80, Brussels National Opera/Ronald Zollman. First performance (final version) 9.1.84, National Theatre, London:Glyndebourne Opera/London Sinfonietta/Oliver Knussen
Availability

Libretto 0-571-51933-4 on sale, full score, vocal score and parts for hire

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