The Enchanted Pig

The Young Vic/The Opera Group (Catherine Ashmore)

The Young Vic/The Opera Group (Catherine Ashmore)

“This is a show that proves opera, at its best, is source of magic and enchantment.”Michael Billington | The Guardian

 

A Musical Tale

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton based on a Romanian Folktale

Commissioned by The Young Vic

World premiere: The Opera Group, The Young Vic, London 1 December 2006

“Love makes you happy. Love makes you cruel”. It’s the old story – King goes off to war, tell his daughters not to go into a locked room containing the Book of Fate, daughters don’t listen and one of them ends up marrying a pig. Drawing on Romanian and Norwegian folk tales, this magical family show, which has its trotters in the worlds of opera and musical theatre, has delighted audiences in more than 150 performances in the UK and USA.

This dynamic work, with its humour and clarity of lyrical presentation is through-composed for a cast of opera singers and singing actors, and its mixture of fairy tale and the universal appeal of the mythological, with all its range and depth of meaning, is captivating for audiences of all ages.

Synopsis

When you’re a princess you expect a fairy tale wedding. You don’t expect your husband to be hairy, smelly and a genuine pig. The pig, of course, is an enchanted prince but Flora loses him almost as soon as she finds him. Taking her fate into her own hands, she ventures to the ends of the earth and even into the sky until at last she frees him from the evil spell that binds him.

Production History

The Young Vic, UK, December 2006 to March 2007

The Opera Group, UK and USA, December 2009 to April 2010

Halastó Kulturális Egyesület, Hungary, June to July 2011

St Mary’s College, Indiana, USA, February 2014

Duration, Technical Information and Resources

The Enchanted Pig (2006)

A Musical Tale | 120 minutes

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton

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Commissioned by The Young Vic

First performed 1 December 2006, The Young Vic, London

EP 7785

Roles

Mab/Adelaide/Chorus 1 Soprano
Dot/Day/Chorus 2 Soprano
Flora/Chorus 3 Mezzo-soprano
The Book of Fate/ Old Woman/ Mrs Northwind/ Chorus 4 Contralto
The King of the East/Moon/Chorus 5 Tenor
The King of the West/Sun/Chorus 6 Tenor
King Hildebrand/ North Wind/ Chorus 7 Baritone
Pig/Chorus 8 Bass-baritone

Photos

The Young Vic/The Opera Group (Catherine Ashmore)

The Young Vic/The Opera Group (Catherine Ashmore)

The Young Vic/The Opera Group (Catherine Ashmore)

The Young Vic/The Opera Group (Catherine Ashmore)

Video

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Other

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Contacts

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General enquiries; commissioning, perusal and performance material; first point of contact German-speaking territories:

Stefan Conradi, Neue Musik Promotion / Konzert, Bühne, Medien
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General enquiries, commissioning, perusal and performance material, first point of contact Americas:

Gene Caprioglio, Vice President for New Music and Rights
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Media and rights enquiries:

Andrew Kemp, Head of Business Affairs
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