Cristin-resultat-ID: 1896072
Sist endret: 22. mars 2021, 17:12

Orpeus´Comfort, opera for babies

  • Christina Lindgren
  • Elizabeth Svarstad og
  • Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje


The Norwegian Opera and Ballet
Oslo, Norway

Om resultatet

Originalverkets tittel: Orfeus trøst, opera for babyer
Publiseringsår: 2020
Originalverkets komponist: Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje
Varighet: 30 Minutter
Ensemblenavn: Babyopera
Ensembletype: Gruppe
Besetning: Vocal + greek lyres
Medskapere: Idea, concept and scenario (libretto) Christina Lindgren Music and text Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje after an aria from Orphée et Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck/ Ranieri de´ Calzabigi/ Pierre-Louis Moline Direction Christina Lindgren Choreography Elizabeth Svarstad Set design Tormod Lindgren Costumes design Christina Lindgren Dramaturgy Svante Aulis Löwenborg Performers Elisabeth Holmertz, Silje Aker Johnsen, Marie Delna Costume and scenography: DNO&B workshops
Sjanger: Opera
Medium: Live opera performance





Barokkdans • Scenografi • Babyopera • Kostymedesign • Opera

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Orpeus´Comfort, opera for babies


This opera performance is created specially for children 0 till 3 years, and their adult companions. The audience is placed in the time of the Baroque period: The musician and singer Orpheus calls out, as he has lost his beloved Euridice. The feeling of loss and grief fills Orpheus. Euridice appears, but all of a sudden, she is gone again. Luckily, she returns and the situation gradually develops into a peekaboo play. The baby opera Orpheus´ Comfort, with music composed by Norwegian Maja S. K. Ratkje, with a fragment of Chr. W. von Gluck´s original aria from the opera Orfeo and Euridice, shows how one can find one another in a world of costumes, dances, and sounds from a long time ago. Orpheus`Comfort, opera for babies is a co-production between Babyopera and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, and part of Ultima Contemporary Music Festival 2020 The Norwegian Opera & Ballet and the opera ensemble Babyopera are partners in this production consisting of two operas for toddlers 0 – 3 years, which had their premier on September 10th 2020 at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet in Oslo. Each opera has a duration of 30 minutes and is made to be presented in the foyer of an opera house/concert arena, or equivalent venue. Babyopera is a performing arts company specialized in the making of performance for children 0 – 3 years. The previous performances of Babyopera at large, have explored a visual universe, such as life under water, a mountain landscape or a zoological garden for dragons. The focus has been to ”unpack” and explore the universes with their audible, visual qualities. In these two new productions, emotions were unpacked and investigated as material in itself. In the rehearsals, examination were done of the sounds, shapes, colors, temperatures, facial expressions and gestures of basic feelings as loss, grief, pain, comfort, ease and hope. Scenography and costume is formed in the baroque aesthetic, including special effects and surprises. Dance and gestures were borrowed from the baroque, instructed by a specialist in the field. Orpheus Comfort includes the aria ”Jai perdu mon Euridice” from Christoph W. Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice (1762, the Vienna version, and 1774, the Paris version), as a central part for the music composed by Maja S. K. Ratkje. Amor`s Ease is in close dialogue with the aria “What Power Art Thou” from the opera King Arthur (1691) by Henry Purcell. Performers are the Norwegian soprano Silje Aker Johnsen and the Swedish soprano Elisabeth Holmertz. The two performances are a part of the VOeX project at The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, launched by its former Director Annilese Miskimmon in May 2018. VOeX presents new opera productions. Miskimmon stated that the way Babyopera take its starting point in scenography, costume and movement, instead of the music and the libretto, is a unique approach to the creation of opera.


Aktiv cristin-person

Christina Lindgren

  • Tilknyttet:
    Faglig ansvarlig
    ved Avdeling Design ved Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
Aktiv cristin-person

Elizabeth Svarstad

  • Tilknyttet:
    Faglig ansvarlig
    ved Fagseksjon for musikkteori, komposisjon og musikkteknologi ved Norges musikkhøgskole

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje

  • Tilknyttet:
    Faglig ansvarlig
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