I Hate Music
01.09.19 > 31.08.20
Musical direction Robert Weirauch
Opera performance for children based on the eponymous song cycle by Leonard Bernstein.
I Hate Music! is a collaboration with Opera Compact.
This opera is sung in Dutch.
A soprano and a pianist present (for an audience of 4 to 104, from group 6 to group 8) a performance about the wonder that lies in children’s questions. Why does the world work the way it works? The short show (about 35 minutes) is accompanied by an interactive section, where the young listeners are made to think and especially to question. The performers enter into direct contact with their young audience and give them room to reflect on the world around us. Due to its flexibility, the mobile show can be played in many locations and likes to explore the limits therein!
Feed them with bread: they start to grow.
Feed them with love: they start to feel.
Feed them with ideas: they start to think.
Feed them with art: they start to understand.
(fragment of a conversation during a train journey between mother and daughter)
– Mama, is this the real world?
– … Yes, baby, this is the real world.
– (staring at fingers) But am I really?
– Come on, stop that nonsense.
The child’s world is one of discovering and questioning. How does the world work and why? Within their own reach, in their own words, children begin to ask themselves the big questions that have occupied us for millennia. Where are we from? How does the universe work? Why do I do what I do? How do we organize the society around us together? This “Philosophy for Anfänger” is often very specific, casual and of great inventiveness. That makes the conversations with children about this so special.
I Hate Music! by Leonard Bernstein, a short song cycle on self-written poems, is a musical gem where the composer bears witness to a great insight into the children’s psyche. Whimsically and humorously, he sketches 5 small lines of thought where major questions of life pass by unnoticed. In combination with a few more ‘astonishing’ songs (because philosophy finally begins with astonishment) by, among others, Maurice Ravel and Charles Ives, translated in the Netherlands, Opera Zuid makes a small, intimate performance for soprano and pianist, with which the children go to asked questions and less for answers.