St Petersburg, The Prokofiev Hall

The Silly Little Mouse

opera for the very youngest

Performers

Performed by soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers

Credits

Music by Dmitry Shostakovich

Musical Director: Larisa Gergieva
Director: Alla Chepinoga
Costume Designer: Tatiana Mashkova
Lighting design: Yegor Kartashov
Designer: Anastasia Shafikova

SYNOPSIS

In a large friendly family there is a party today – it is the birthday of the middle daughter Polina. Violin lessons have been cancelled, the birthday tea is being laid out, all sorts of gifts are being given, but the greatest impression on the birthday girl comes with the main present – a story about a foolish little mouse enacted by all of the servants in the technique of shadow puppet theatre. After seeing the performance Polina remembers forever that you have to listen to your parents, not act capriciously and go to bed at the right time. Because only in your dreams can obedient children see the real Little Mouse!

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

In the spring of 1939 Dmitry Shostakovich stated that "Now I am writing music for the short cartoon film The Tale of the Foolish Little Mouse after Marshak. (...) I have already completed the keyboard version of the work and am now concluding the score. It is with great pleasure that I am working on this composition. It is my first experience of film music for children. I would like the experience to be a success and for children to approve of my work.
"The music of this film consists of a nursery rhyme sung by a mouse, a duck, a pig, a toad, a horse, a pike and a cat. This song varies depending on the nature of the character singing it. The music is merry and lyrical." (Music for Film: Composer's Notes // Literary Gazette. 10 April 1939).


Premiere: 4 March 2017, Mariinsky Theatre

Age category 3+

The Silly Little Mouse
on the playbill
26 March 2017, 12:00
26 March 2017, 15:00
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This highlighting is being used in accordance with Federal Law N139-FZ dated 28 July 2012 “On the introduction of changes to the Federal Law ‘On the protection of children from information that may be harmful to their health and development’ and other legislative acts of the Russian Federation.”