Purriot og den forsvunne bronsehesten / Porriot and the Case of the Missing Bronze Horse
The opera Purriot og den forsvunne bronsehesten was commissioned by The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet's Children Chorus from librettist and author Bjørn F. Rørvik and composer Gisle Kverndokk as a work for young performers. The intention was to create a contemporary work which gave developing challenges for young singers. The work should have a contemporary musical expression and deal with a relevant and recognizable theme for young people.
Porriot and the Case of the Missing Bronze Horse is a detective mystery set as an unusually playful children’s opera, featuring vegetables in all roles. Master Detective Porriot, an entertaining mix of leek and detective, is brought in to investigate the disappearance of a valuable museum piece. A small bronze figure of a horse dating from the Middle Ages has mysteriously vanished, during rehearsals of the historic theatrical production The Hullaballootwaite Play. At the same time, the detective’s beautiful wife Paprika gets a major part in the performance. Inspector Cumber, the local policeman and not the sharpest of minds, will play opposite her as the lovesick King. Theatrical director and lady of culture, Sellerine Stang, faces the daunting challenge of keeping the actors, and a rebellious army of peasants, in line. Meanwhile, Porriot is severely tested as he attempts to solve the mystery, in the best Agatha Christie style. The première approaches, but behind the scenes jealousy and powerful emotions rage. The composer Gisle Kverndokk and author Bjørn F. Rørvik have together written a new opera, based on the popular children’s book Master Detective Porriot, written by Rørvik and Ragnar Aalbu. The production is best suited for children between 5 and 12 years of age. The performance is in Norwegian and is best suited to children between the ages of 5–12 years. The idea is to take children seriously as performing artists - making art and for children. The basic intention of the project is to introduce young performers in singing / opera, to the art form opera through participation. The aim is that these young performers will experience a sense of empowerment and ownership of the art forms. In addition, it is important that a young audience sees that their peers are doing opera and ballet and it's a tough and fun activity. Through this ownership and this knowledge, we hope that these children in the future will develop these art forms into a modern and relevant art expresses for themselves and their contemporaries from the inside.