Libretto by Flora Verbrugge based on the fairy tale “The Fisherman and his Wife” by the Brothers Grimm | Translation by Barbara Buri
What is really important? For Jacob it is shoes, because he doesn't have any. And the rescued fish actually grants him his wish. But Jacob's parents believe he could have wished for something more substantial. And so Jacob returns to call the fish. The fish fulfils every wish, but the parents are never satisfied. So Jacob has to return to the sea again and again. But the sea becomes fiercer and fiercer and the fish thinner and thinner. This profound fairy tale adaptation for a mezzo-soprano and percussion is one of the most successful and most performed children's operas of recent years.
For children from 6 years old