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Ritter Ei­sen­fraß

Children’s opera by Wiebke Hetmanek and Johann Casimir Eule

Tuesday, 16/05/2023

11.15 AM - 12.25 PM




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Music by Jacques Offenbach

Adapted for chamber ensemble by Samuel Bächli

Age recommendation: 5-10 years

Why is it, again, that the two knights, Munchiron and Dealdeath, are at daggers drawn? They’re not even sure themselves now, but they keep skirmishing all the same – on principle. Spurred on by Karl the knave’s brand-new gruesome gore gadget and by the music of Jacques Offenbach.

This opera for children transports audiences to the age of chivalry, yet the theme it addresses is a timeless one. If Munchiron’s nephew Jacques and Dealdeath’s daughter Dubdouce had not fallen in love and teamed up with the castle ghost to keep the two knights from each other’s throat, they would doubtless be duelling to this day. But just because it’s an old tradition doesn’t mean it’s right.

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Musical Director

Directed by

Bühne, Kostüme



Dates and cast

Cast on 16/05/2023

Tagesaktuelle Dirigat

Ritter Eisenfraß

Jacques, sein Neffe

Karl, sein Knappe

Ritter Schlagetot

Schwertleite, seine Tochter


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Press reviews
Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung

„Die (Darsteller*innen) werden stimmgewaltig und wahrhaft ritterlich von Seokjun Kim (Eisenfraß) und Mats Roolvink (Schlagetot) dargestellt – wie auch die anderen im Ensemble vielversprechende Mitglieder des internationalen Opernstudios am Staatstheater Nürnberg. Zum Niederknien schön schwelgt der ukrainische Tenor Mykhailo Kushlyk als Jacques in seinem Minnegesang. (...) Besonderen Spaß machen die spritzigen Ensemblenummern in der wie im Flug vergehenden Produktion. Offenbach hätte seine Freude gehabt.“

Stephan Schwarz-Peters, Nürnberger Nachrichten/Nürnberger Zeitung

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