US Premiere of Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon
Feb. 26, 2018
Andrew Norman’s first opera, A Trip to the Moon, receives its US debut in Los Angeles on March 2 and 3 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale led by Teddy Abrams and choral director Grant Gershon. Concert staging is by Yuval Sharon.
Taking inspiration from Georges Méliès’s seminal 1902 silent film "A Trip to the Moon," Andrew Norman’s whimsical first opera follows a band of bumbling astronomers and their documentarian (the young Georges Méliès himself) as they explore the moon, try to fix their broken rocket, and interact with a mysterious race of moon people who are facing a perilous threat of their own: a child-eating monster that lurks outside of their town. Through the opera, Norman uses elements of early science fiction to address contemporary themes of otherness, exploring how and why groups of people misunderstand, fear and hate each other, and how those misunderstandings can ultimately be overcome to affect mutual good.
“What appealed to me the most about this story,” Norman writes, “was the fact that I could use it to explore how communities deal with the 'other' in their midst. I was deeply affected by contemporary events while writing the opera, and in many ways, this project is a response to the devastating rhetoric of fear, anger, and hate toward the other that I see welling up in so many places.”
A Trip to the Moon was co-commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The world premiere took place on 17 June 2017 with Simon Rattle leading the Berlin Philharmonic as part of the orchestra’s “Vocal Heroes” project. The Philharmonic was joined by young instrumentalists and singers from the Vocal Heroes Children’s, Youth and Project Choirs, directed by Simon Halsey, and featured concert staging by Ela Baumann. A subsequent performance took place in London on 9 July 2017 (with Rattle and Halsey leading the London Symphony Orchestra and LSO Discovery and Community Choirs).
(Andrew Norman discusses the inspiration behind A Trip to The Moon)
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A Trip to the Moon (2017)
an opera for people of all ages
inspired by George Méliès’s silent film “A Trip to the Moon” (1902)
words and music (Eng, Moonish) by Andrew Norman
German translation by David Paul
for 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, baritone, 6 speaking roles, adult choir, youth choir, children’s choir and 3 conducting roles