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July 25, 2013

Children get the chance to participate in opera performance


“Little match girl passion” is an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen story about a girl who sells matches on New Year’s Eve hoping to make enough money to survive, Allen explained. This one-act is an adaptation of that story with a musical score revised for children’s voices.

“So much of the power of the story for adults comes from our projecting ourselves into the suffering of this one child,” David Lang, the stage writer and composer of the piece, said in a press release from Glimmerglass. “Children’s voices will make that projection so much more powerful.”

Allen said the little match girl visualizes scenes of Christmas and of her grandmother.

“She imagines her grandmother carrying her off to heaven,” Allen said. “It’s really very moving.”

Allen said she anticipates that when people come to see this production, “there’s not going to be a dry eye in the house.”

“Little match girl passion” will be coupled with another show, Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” to create a production titled “Passions.” To find out more about the productions at the Glimmerglass Festival this season and for show times and dates go to

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