Young at the Opera

MY MOTHER IS A DRAGON

AVAILABLE UNTIL: DECEMBER 12
RUNNING TIME: 59 MINS
AGE: 5-8 YRS

YOUNG AT THE OPERA | PIJA LINDENBAUM'S SUCCESS + THE MAGICAL HOUSE

Åke's mother's name is Berit. Or, that WAS her name yesterday. Today she is a dragon and she licks her toes. She has forgotten how to make breakfast and where the milk is. She mostly wants to eat flies. When mother becomes a child, Åke has to step up and become an adult. It will be an adventure!

The opera My mother is a dragon is based on Pija Lindenbaum's popular children's book When Åke's mother forgot and it premiered at the Gothenburg Opera in 2011.
The performance is aimed at children aged 5-8 and their families.
Download the teacher's guide here.

DISCOVER PIJA'S UNIVERSE LIVE AT THE OPERA

Cast

After Pija Lindenbaum's book When Åke´s Mother Forgot

MUSIC Thomas Lindahl
LIBRETTO Irena Kraus
DIRECTOR Mia Ringblom Hjertner
SET DESIGN & LIGHT Thorsten Dahn
COSTUME & MASK Pija Lindenbaumn

ÅKE'S MOTHER Marianne Eklöf
GRANDMOTHER/TICKETING LADY Susann Végh
ÅKE Conny Thimander
THE DOCTOR/THE SNAKE OLLE Maja Frydén
ANIMAL CARETAKER/HOT DOG SALESMAN Johan Wennerstrand

MUSICIANS FROM THE ROYAL SWEDISH ORCHESTRA
KAPELLMEISTER Krister Lundkvist

NÄR DÅ DÅ
- by Pija Lindenbaum

Every Saturday, Bobo packs her bag and goes to stay with her dad at Adelsgatan fifty-two/52– along with her cuddly toys Ape and Bunny. Her dad, or daddy, promises to take her to the moon. And did that happen? No. Then daddy promises to take her to Bollnäs, to see granny. And did that happen? No. After daddy's promises and promises and promises and promises – Bobo puts her foot down...

Following her success with My Mum is a Dragon, Pija Lindenbaum’s magical world was back at the Royal Swedish Opera. This time with a story created exclusively for the stage. A story about parents who make promise after promise – but prioritise other things. Behind the libretto, set and costume design of När Då Då was Pija herself. It was directed by Kajsa Giertz, with a score written by Niklas Brommare. 

Recommended for children between 5 and 9 years of age. Available until November 21.

The MAGICAL House part 9

In episode 9 of The Magical House, we take a closer look at the Opera's lighting department. The explorer Dilan meets up with lighting master Niclas and technician Martin who show us how the lighting is created behind the scenes. How can you create different emotions and moods with different lights? How do you change the colour of a spotlight? And can you control where the audience will focus on the stage with the help of the lighting? This episode will bring you all the answers!

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home - download it here.

A big thank you to Jacob Wallenbergs Stiftelse, Särskilda Fonden, for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 8

EPISODE 8. In episode 8 of The Magical House, we visit the make-up and wig department where the Opera's wigs, hair and make-up artists work. Together with the explorer Dilan, we get to see how to create a wig, how to create a mask modeled for a face and how make-up can create everything from bleeding wounds to a grand, fairytale king. The wig and make-up department has the ability to transform someone young into old, create monsters or beautiful swans, an important part of the magic of the opera stage!

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home - you can download it here »

A big thank you to the Signature Foundation for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 7

In this episode, our explorer Sara meets the opera singers Agnes and Sebastian who talk about the voice and profession as a singer. What's the difference between singing pop or rock music and singing opera? And how far can an opera voice actually reach without a microphone? We also learn what a director does and what to do if you get stage freight. At the end, Agnes and Sebastian gives us a sneak peak from the opera Don Giovanni. 

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home, download it here »

A big thank you to the Signature Foundation for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 6

In this episode our cicerone Sara visits the archive, a place filled with the Royal Swedish Opera's history. The archivist Helena shows us grand old books with both gossip and disciplinary rules from the 18th century. In the archive there are also objects, scenery models and costumes, but why are some of the these placed in the freezer? And when does something become history, tomorrow or maybe already today? We also learn who is called »the Swedish nightingale« and what happened when she got discovered!
The Young at the Opera section has created the web series The Magical House for grades 1-3. Here there are over 1000 rooms and 120 professions – which we discover together!

The episode is accompanied by a teacher's guide (in Swedish) that can be used in the classroom as well as at home.

A big thank you to the Signature Foundation for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 5

Meet the Royal Swedish Opera’s orchestra, and get acquainted with our musicians - who play brass instruments! The opera has its very own orchestra, that plays for our opera and dance performances. The Royal Swedish Orchestra is one of the world's oldest - and Sweden's perhaps largest orchestra, with some 106 musicians! In this episode, we get to discover brass instruments and meet some of the musicians who work here, along with educator Sara. Take a sneak peek into the Opera's most glittering gold room; The Golden Foyer and listen to a magical concert.

Download the teacher's guide (in Swedish) here »

A big thank you to the Signatur Foundation Sweden for making this episode possible.

The MAGICAL House part 4

PART 4 - THE OPERA HOUSE. Welcome to the Opera House! Art and magic is created here all year round. Did you know that the Opera House is twelve storeys high and 27,000 square meters in size? That’s the equivalent of 64 basketball courts! In this episode of The Magical House, we pay the auditorium a visit and have a peak behind the main stage – there’s so much to discover behind the scenes during a performance! Together with our discoverer Sara, we meet some of the key people who work here. Just about everyone on and behind the stage is equally important to make the Opera a truly magical house.

The Young at the Opera section has created the web series The Magical House for grades 1-3. Here there are over 1000 rooms and 120 professions - which we discover together!
Teacher? Use our teacher's guide in the classroom - you can download it here » (in Swedish).
A big thank you to the Signatur Foundation Sweden for making this episode possible.


The MAGICAL House part 3

Every year, more than 1,000 costumes are made for the Opera's various performances. The costumes can make characters come to life and transform opera singers into - robots, dancers into snowflakes (or even polar bears!) and magically transform an entire choir into bears. The possibilities are endless. All costumes worn by the singers and dancers on stage are created and sown here at The Royal Swedish Opera. But how is a costume made from scratch? In this episode, the host Sara Lewerth meets Annette who works as a cutter at the costume studio and finds out more about how a costume is made.
Use our holiday activities' guide to keep the young ones busy this summer (above).
Teacher? Use our teacher's guide in the classroom - you can download it here (in Swedish).
A big thank you to Astrid Ohlin, who contributed to making this episode possible, in memory of Jan Ohlin - and Wallenius Lines.
In Swedish.

The MAGICAL House part 2

Costume magic! At the top of the Opera building you find the costume department. The Royal Opera actually has more than 30 000 costumes! The costumes strongly contributes to the magic created on stage - they invite us to a world of magicians, bears and princesses - and all in between. Together with our host, Sara, we try on some costumes and we get to know more about how to get the right costume on the right person! 
The Young at the Opera section has created the web series The Magical House for classes 1-3. There are more than 1000 rooms and 120 professions that we will discover together! This is the second episode of the series.
You can find our holiday activities' guide above!
Teacher? Use our teacher's guide in the classroom - you can download it here (in Swedish).
A big thank you to Astrid Ohlin who made this episode possible - to the memory of Jan Ohlin - and Wallenius Lines.
In Swedish.

The MAGICAL House part 1

Lär dig dansa balett! What does it take to become a ballet dancer and how do you actually do a pirouette? In this episode we learn the basics of classical ballet and what it is like to work as a ballet dancer. Together with discoverer and guide Sara we try out the basic "positions" and we learn how to spin - without getting dizzy! 
The Young at the Opera section has created the web series The Magical House for classes 1-3. There are more than 1000 rooms and 120 professions that we will discover together! This is the first episode of the series. A big thank you to Wallenius Lines who made this episode possible.
You can download our Teacher's guide to the episode here.
Available until June 13.