Michael Ende's »Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver«

Elena Kats-Chernin
Children's opera in two acts (2019)
after the children's book of the same name
by Michael Ende
Libretto by Susanne Felicitas Wolf
Commissioned by the Komische Oper Berlin

2 h 15 min, intermission included
Micheal Ende’s world-famous children’s book will be transformed for the first time into a children’s opera! While adults might remember the television recordings from the Augsburger Puppenkiste marionette theatre, younger audience members will certainly think of the very popular live film version from 2018. After Snow White and the 77 Dwarves, composer Elena Kats-Chernin and librettist Susanne Felicitas Wolf devote their creative energies to the adventures of Jim Button, Luke and – last but not least! – the locomotive Emma.

Because the island of Morrowland with its two mountains has become too small for its four inhabitants (including the king), Luke and the orphan Jim are forced to venture into the outside world. On their marvelous journey they discover foreign lands, overcome many dangers, and rescue Princess Li Si from the clutches of the terrible dragon woman, Mrs. Grindtooth. After gathering many new experiences, they return together to their homeland, bringing with them a new, floating island in tow. »Why it’s called Morrowland, nobody knows. That’s just its name!«

Following his colorful and moving production of Snow White and the 77 Dwarves, the director and avowed Jim Button fan Christian von Götz is back onboard for the second children’s opera from the successful duo Kats-Chernin/Wolf. With imaginative images, colorful orchestral sounds, and sometimes dreamily enchanting, sometimes thrilling musical sequences, they tell the story of the black orphan Jim and his best friend Luke the Engine Driver. After 70 years this tale about friendship and getting to know strangers has lost none of its charm or relevance.

Children'sopera in two acts [2019]
Librettoby Susanne Felicitas Wolf based on the children's book by Michael Ende
A work commissioned by the Komische Oper Berlin

A grandiose opera!
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Selected Performance:
Stagedesign and Video
Choreographische Mitarbeit
Rainer Feistel
Children's choir
Jim Knopf
King Alfred the Quarter-to-Twelfth / Nepomuk / Big Wig Pi Pa Po
Mrs. Waas/Mrs. Grindtooth
Mr. Sleeve/Mr. Tur Tur/Vulture 1
Emperor of Mandala / Vulture 2
Ping Pong
Li Si
Children's Choir Komische Oper Berlin
Es spielt das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin.

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