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The Emperor's New Clothes

A concert opera for choir (SSA), soloists and symphony orchestra.
Freely adapted from the H. C. Andersen's fairy tale -

The libretto is based on the principles of storytelling theatre, where choir and soloists switch between narration and character play.
It's a show-piece for two opera singers who love fun and action, in interaction with childrens/ girls/ ladies choir, who also takes part in the storytelling.
With dramatic support from a symphony orchestra, this piece has all the qualities needed for reach-out and family/childrens concerts.

Reception CD 2020:
"...The story is told accutately, cheerfully anf dramatically concentrated...// ... A refined, vivid set up of this short story"

.". a miniature opera is designed to be easily performed..." //"It all works extremely well without longuers, and the result is a taut buffo comedy with serious undertones.."//
"...the score is attractiv and full of life."
Göran Forsling, MusicWeb-International

Consert opera_Emperor's_new_clothes/Eva_Sommestad_Holten

- DR Symphony Orchestra / Danish National Girl's' Choir / Danish Radio 2005.
- Concerts and radio transmission, via EBU in Norway, Iceland, Estonia, Slovenia, Australia.
- Bruxelles Philharmonic/Flemish Radio Choir 2012. Concerts and radio transmission.
- Odense Symphony Orchestra & Vocal Ensemble Musica Ficta 2019. Recording.

CD-recording; Dacapo Records 2020. Articles in English at website.
Booklet from dacapo website including libretto Da/Eng (as separate pdf's - see below).
DR recording from 2005 also available.

Available for singing in Danish, English and Swedish.
Translations by Eva Sommestad Holten 2019

Libretto (singing)
- Danish
- Swedish
- English

FACTS on the opera:  
A concert opera for tenor, baritone, choir (SSA) and Symphony Orchestra.
Duration ca. 30 minutes.
Possible to expand to a full stage version.

Information on score and libretto.
Contact /
Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen.
Feel free also to contact: librettist eva.holten[at]icloud.com, composer bo.holten[at]ficta.dk

 Edition Wilhelm Hansen
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