Children's OperasThe Vienna Boys Choir has been producing childrens operas since the 1920s; initially, the choir performed pieces like
Bastien and Bastienne by Mozart, Lo speziale by Haydn, or Abu Hassan by Carl Maria von
Weber. In the 1960s, the choir commissioned Benjamin Britten to write a piece for the boys: The Golden Vanity
premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1967, conducted by the composer.
In the past two decades, a number of new operas have been commissioned; every season, two or three productions are shown at
MuTh, the choirs concert hall.
Moby-Dick by Raoul Gehringer, The Little Prince and The Begging Boy by Gerald Wirth, Help,
Help, the Globolinks! by Gian Carlo Menotti, The Little Sweep by Benjamin Britten. In the 2019/20 season,
the choir plans to perform another classic, The Magic Word by Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger.
To Gerald Wirth, childrens operas are an essential part of the choirs curriculum. An opera production offers
unique learning opportunities: the children experience the whole creative process necessary to bring an opera about, to produce
theatre. More importantly, they learn about themselves, and their potential. But these theatrical productions are particularly
expensive, and we need financial help with that.