Project Opera: Tom Thumb

The Hobbled Family was in trendy Northeast Minneapolis this afternoon, watching Project Opera’s production of Tom Thumb.

This opera is tells the story of Tom Thumb and how he leads his brothers out of the forest to find food and shelter, after being driven of their home by their poor parents and avoiding a series of mishaps. Referred to as “fairy tale music” by its German composer Hans Werner Henze, based the piece on the Collodi (creator of Pinocchio) version of the Tom Thumb. It’s very unique in the operatic repertoire as it was originally written for children to perform for other children.

Maria played a tree and an ogre’s daughter. Unlike years past where the two choirs, Ragazzi (younger kids), and Giovani (older ones), performed separate shows, Tom Thumb combined both choirs. It was a lot of fun.

The opera was performed at the Ritz Theater.

Wandering the streets before the show, I saw this sign in the window of Hotspot Mobile Electronics – a few doors down from the Ritz Theater.


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