by Sebastian Schwab
Best of Singspiel in eight scenes after Otfried Preußler
Vocals by: Elena Tzavara, Anne X. Weber, Susanne Lütje
Directed by: Elena Tzavara
for children aged 6 and older
a production of Staatsoper Stuttgart 2023, 120 min
Who has not heard of the robber Hotzenplotz? He first steals grandmother’s new coffee grinder which plays such beautiful music whilst grinding. Then Hotzenplotz lures Kasperl and Seppel into a trap taking them both prisoners. What’s more, the villain then sells poor Kasperl to the great and evil magician Petrosilius Zwackelmann – or is it Seppel he is selling? In any case, it takes a fair amount of courage, magic and the combined help by the audience to rescue the two friends. Composer Sebastian Schwab has newly composed Otfried Preußler’s enchanting story as a Singspiel for the ensemble of the Staatsoper Stuttgart in time for Preußler’s 100th birthday – with coffee mill and, of course, seven knives.
As a matinée, the ITFS and the Stuttgart State Opera show the most beautiful scenes from the family opera on the large LED screen. Intendant Viktor Schoner and Christoph Soekler from the Junge Oper im Nord present the best-of, retell the plot and provide interesting background information on the individual musical numbers!