HCA NEWS 100 performers in an opera for young people

The Municipality of Gudme on the island of Funen is planning a number of Andersen-related activities in 2005 - among them, an opera for young people.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 18 December 2003

Cultural initiatives in the Municipality of Gudme on the island of Funen are running in high gear.  The municipality's music school and continuation school are in the process of planning an opera for children and young people with children and young people, writes the newspaper Fyns Amts Avis.

The opera will be based on the relatively unknown novel by Hans Christian Andersen "Kun en Spillemand" ("Only a Fiddler"), which is about a fiddler who travels from place to place in southern Funen, struggling for survival physically and artistically. 

In many ways, the plot draws parallels to Hans Christian Andersen's own life and the fear he harbored through his life that he would not be remembered after his death.

Two of Svendborg's most well-known leaders in the music community, Rikke Villadsen and Preben Birkeholm, came up with the idea for an opera for children.

It is estimated that a troupe of around 100 between the ages of 12 and 22 will participate in the performance, which will take place on 24 May 2005 at the Broholm manor. It is expected to last an hour.