The Monster in the Maze (2015)

for Actor, Soli, Adult, Youth and Children's Choruses and Orchestra   50 minutes

Jonathan Dove takes the applause after the World Premiere in Berlin. (c) Monika Ritterhaus

Jonathan Dove takes the applause after the World Premiere in Berlin. (c) Monika Ritterhaus

'With suitably mythic directness, Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton have re-energised the story of Theseus slaying the Minotaur, and the result is spellbinding' Peter Reed | Classical Source
'Dove’s new children’s opera could hardly have whipped up a bigger frenzy' Hannah Nepil | The Times ****
'Jonathan Dove's new Minotaur community opera brilliantly hits the mark' Michael Church | The Independent ****

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton

Translation by Arne Muus (German)

Translation by Alain Perroux (French)

Translation by Tzu-yu Lin and Ju-fang Shih (Chinese/Taiwanese)

Commissioned by Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra and Festival d’Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence within a series of commissions of children's operas led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey

First performance: 20th June 2015, Florian Hoffmann (Theseus), Eva Vogel (Mother), Pavlo Hunka (Daedalus), Götz Schubert (Minos), Gabriel Manz (Minotaur), Berliner Philharmoniker and Young Musicians, Vokalhelden-Projektchor, Sir Simon Rattle, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany.

Jointly commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, The Monster in the Maze was composed by Jonathan Dove to a libretto by Alasdair Middleton, with German and French translations by Arne Muus (Was lauert da im Labyrinth?) and Alain Perroux (Le Monstre du labyrinthe) respectively. The piece is scored for three professional soloists and a professional actor, adult community chorus, youth chorus, children’s chorus, and an orchestra of professional players playing alongside young or pre-professional players.

 

Synopsis

Minos, king of the island of Crete, has a labyrinth in his palace in which he keeps the Minotaur, a monster – half man and half bull – which feeds on human flesh. To press home a military victory over Athens, Minos decrees that the Athenians should provide a regular supply of their young people to be sacrificed to the monster. The Athenian hero Theseus joins one of these shiploads, slays the Minotaur, and sails home with the Athenian youths

Production History

Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany, 20/21 June 2015, dir. Anniechien Koerselman.

Barbican, London, UK, 5 July 2015, dir. Thomas Guthrie.

Grand Theatre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France, 8/9 July 2015, dir. Marie-Ève Signeyrole.

Place du Theatre, Lille, France, 3/4 June 2016, dir. Marie-Ève Signeyrole.

National Taichung Theater, Taiwan, 29/30 October 2016, dir. Li Huan-hsiung.

Opéra Berlioz, Montpellier, France, 21/22 April 2017, dir. Marie-Ève Signeyrole.

Technical Information and Resources

The Monster in the Maze (2015)

for Actor, Soli, Adult, Youth and Children's Choruses and Orchestra | 50 minutes

Libretto by Alasdair Middleton

Translation by Arne Muus (German)

Translation by Alain Perroux (French)

Translation by Tzu-yu Lin and Ju-fang Shih (Chinese/Taiwanese)

Actor - MezSop.T.BBar Soli - Adult Chorus - Youth Chorus - Children's Chorus

2(Picc).2.2.2 - 2.2.1.0 - 5Perc - Hp - Str(0.0.0.12.3) - Band(0.0.0.0-6.4.0.2)

Commissioned by Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra and Festival d’Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence within a series of commissions of children's operas led by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey

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