The Snow Queen //
Kay and Gerda are best friends. Together they listen to the stories Gerda’s grandmother tells them and play in the snow when winter arrives. But when a kobold strikes Kay in the eye and heart with two shards of a magic mirror, everything suddenly changes. Kay becomes belligerent and egotistical and wants to leave home. The Snow Queen appears and lures him into her kingdom of ice where the cold conquers all and he forgets everything in his past. Gerda wants to help him and embarks on a daring journey. In a forest, she encounters animals who can talk and is taken prisoner by bandits and barely escapes, driven onward by the hope of finding Kay deep in the north…
George Alexander Albrecht has set this famous fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen to music which is both warm and touching. Through his music, he impressively conveys the characters, their courage and their feelings of being lost, and even makes the gusts of wind, the snowflakes and ice crystals come alive.
The performance is directed by Maximilian von Mayenburg who has staged a number of productions for young viewers at well-known theatres, such as the Staatsoper Berlin, the Oper Leipzig and the Festspielhaus Bayreuth, where he produced a special children’s version of Wagner’s »Ring of the Nibelung«. In the 2014/2015 season, he landed a big success with »Der Rosenkavalier« (The Knight of the Rose) at the Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen in Gera.