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Pinocchio – Once upon a time, there was a piece of wood

Simone Fontanelli

A musical tale for narrator and clarinet based on the fairy tale by Carlo Collodi

Premiere 20. December 2020

»Once upon a time, there was a piece of wood«. Thus begins the story of the ragamuffin wooden marionette, whose greatest wish is to become a real boy. Carved by the old, kind-hearted Gepetto, Pinocchio sets off into the world. A fairy godmother tries to help him fulfil his dream, but obstacles keep popping up – usually caused by Pinocchio himself. The Italian composer Simone Fontanelli has transformed the most famous fairy tale of his homeland into a musical tale for narrator and clarinet. With Robert Oberaigner, principal clarinettist of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and children’s TV star Guido Hammesfahr as narrator, two experienced musicians and storytellers will take to the stage of Semper Zwei. Both performers previously premiered the work (which meanwhile has been translated into five languages) in Cologne in 2011. For 45 minutes, the two artists use the sounds of the clarinet and the words of the story to fire the audience’s imagination, transforming Semper Zwei first into Gepetto’s workshop, then into Pinocchio’s classroom and the Land of Delights, where Pinocchio is turned into a donkey, before he finds his father Gepetto in the belly of a whale and, at the very end, finally becomes a real boy.