Junge Szene

The Clever Gretchen

Martin Smolka

Children’s opera. For all from 8 years Libretto by Klaus Angermann after the fairytale »Queen Rolleriana the First« by Jan Werich

Premiere 22. December 2022

Performed in German

 
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  • Starting Time: 4 pm

  • Venue: Semper Zwei

  • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
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    • Starting Time: 4 pm

    • Venue: Semper Zwei

    • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
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      • Starting Time: 2 pm

      • Venue: Semper Zwei

      • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
        Info
        • Starting Time: 4 pm

        • Venue: Semper Zwei

        • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
          Info
          • Starting Time: 4 pm

          • Venue: Semper Zwei

          • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
            Info
            • Starting Time: 4 pm

            • Venue: Semper Zwei

            • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
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              • Starting Time: 11 am

              • Venue: Semper Zwei

              • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
                Info
                • Starting Time: 2 pm

                • Venue: Semper Zwei

                • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.
                  Info
                  • Starting Time: 11 am

                  • Venue: Semper Zwei

                  • Die Abendkasse in Semper Zwei öffnet 30 min vor Vorstellungsbeginn.

                    Gretchen, die Tochter des Fischers, ist sehr schlau. Sie weiß sogar, wie man jemanden auf sehr ungewöhnliche Weise besuchen kann: Nicht gefahren, nicht gelaufen, nicht bekleidet und nicht nackt, nicht beschuht und nicht barfuß, mit und ohne Geschenk. Das macht ihr so schnell keiner nach. Nur gut, dass der König kluge Frauen mag. Sie verlieben sich und Gretchen wird zur Königin – zumindest für eine Weile. Denn der König ist ein sehr stolzer König und da ist Ärger vorprogrammiert! Aber Gretchen lässt sich nicht unterkriegen und schlägt ihren Liebsten am Ende mit seinen eigenen Mitteln. Die Kinderoper von Martin Smolka aus dem Jahr 2006 überrascht das kleine und große Publikum mit originellen und ungewöhnlichen Klängen und wird von Andrea Kramer – die zuletzt in Semper Zwei »Schneewitte« inszenierte – mit vier Sänger*innen, einem Schauspieler, 13 Musiker*innen und jeder Menge Spaß in Szene gesetzt.

                    Plot

                    The miller and the fisherman are having a dispute that they take to the king: who owns the water of the stream? But before the king pronounces any judgment on the matter, he gives them three riddles that they have to solve by the next day: What does man get the most benefit from? What is sweeter than anything in the world? And what is the name of man’s worst enemy? The fisherman is despondent, but he has an idea how to get out of this mess: he simply asks his clever daughter Gretchen. As expected, she solves the riddle in no time, and when he goes back to the king the next day, the king is very impressed with his answer. The miller, on the other hand, is thrown into prison. However, the king doubts that the fisherman came up with the answer on his own. After some hesitation, he admits that his daughter helped him, and the king is now eager to get to know the girl. He invites Gretchen to the palace, but she must come riding yet not riding, clothed yet not clothed, with shoes yet without shoes, combed yet uncombed, and with a gift and at the same time without a gift. The clever fisher girl doesn’t think twice and builds a scooter that she can use to ride to the palace while walking at the same time. Her mother sews her a dress out of a fishing net, and her father prepares an unusual present. When Gretchen finally arrives before the king, he immediately falls in love with her and the two get married. Only Gretchen has to promise her husband one thing: she must never interfere in his government affairs! After many happy months, the king witnesses a quarrel between a horse trader and an ox trader over a foal that ran away from its mother and lay down beside an ox. The king decides in favor of the ox trader and the exasperated horse trader secretly turns to the clever queen. Despite her guilty conscience and against her promise not to interfere, she advises the trader how he can get his foal back. Her plan succeeds. However, the king immediately guesses who it was who helped the horse trader, and for her interference sends his wife back to her parents. She is not allowed to take anything with her except for what she loves most in his palace. Clever as she is, as they are bidding farewell Gretchen gets the king drunk, summarily rolls him into a carpet, and has him taken to the fisherman’s hut. When the king wakes up there the next morning and Gretchen tells him that HE is what she loves most in the whole palace, he happily returns with her to his home. But because she is so clever, much cleverer than he, he makes her regent and names her Rolleriana the First; she is to rule the fortunes of the empire from now on, while he will always be at her side as prince consort.

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