Erwin, das Naturtalent

(2005/2007) 100' / music theater for all 6 and up
for 7 singers, 1 actor, choir and orchestra (14 or 35 musicians)

Music: Mike Svoboda
Libretto: Manfred Weiß based on motives from Volker Kriegel's book "Erwin mit der Tröte"

Material: piano reduction, score both versions (witht 14 or. 35 musicians), orchestra parts

Premiere of the version with 14 musicians: November 2005, Stuttgart; Junge Oper of the State Opera Stuttgart

  • with Anne-May Krüger (Erwin), Barbara Schedel/Karen Bandelow (Rosa), Sarah Maria Sun (Amalia-Bernadette), James Martin (Professor Hoggins), Rebecca Raffell (Gismo, Schnief Seng Loreng, etc.), Ulrich Hoppe (Heinzi, Maestro Bastonelli, Showmaster, Sutorobo, etc.), Ivan Tursic (Alex, Dottore Maculo, Massimo Calvolino, etc.), Tobias Hächle (Frank, Ravi, Herr Schneider, etc.), choir of the Junge Oper Stuttgart (Äplies, Lala & Lolo, island inhabitants, concert audience, etc.), orchestra of the Junge Oper Stuttgart, Mike Svoboda (musical direction), Patrick Schimanski (stage direction), Ilona Lenk (stage and costumes), Rüdiger Külmstedt (choreography), Maddalena Aberle, Michael Wagner (choir preparation), Manfred Weiß (dramaturgy), Cecila Zacconi, Johannes Fuchs (pedagogy) 
    Commission: State Opera Stuttgart 

Premiere of the version with 35 musicians: January 2008, Bielefeld; Theater Bielefeld

  • with Susanne Reinhard (Erwin), Cornelie Isenbürger (Rosa), Melanie Kreuter (Amalia-Bernadette), Meik Schwalm (Professor Hoggins), Dschamilja Kaiser (Gismo, Schnief Seng Loreng, etc.), Thomas Wolff (Heinzi, Maestro Bastonelli, etc.), Florian Mock (Alex, Dottore Maculo, etc.), Michael Bachtadze (Frank, Herr Schneider, etc), project choir Theater Bielefeld (Äplies, Lala & Lolo, orderlies, island inhabitants, concert audience, etc.), Bielefelder Philharmoniker, Leo Siberski (musical direction), Michael Heicks (stage direction), Sandra Meurer (stage), Sandra Meurer, Christa Beland (costumes), Grażyna Przybylska-Angermann (choreography), Hagen Enke, Martina Kober, Florian Wessel, Michael Witulski (choir prepartation), Helene Sommer, Uwe Sommer (dramaturgy)

    Commission: the Bielefelder Philharmoniker

rental available through Boosey & Hawkes Berlin


Erwin, a natural talent - mezzo-soprano

Rosa, a mysterious island inhabitant - soprano

Professor Hoggins, a inquisitive scientist - baritone

Amalia-Bernadette, agile assistant to Prof. Hoggins - soprano

Gismo (Jungle KIngs), Gila (giraffe) / Schnief Seng-Loreng (fashion designer) - alto

Alex (Jungle KIngs) / Leopold (lion) / Massimo Calvolino (hair dresser) / Dottore Maculo-Docteur Rouspéter-Doc Carper-Dao Mä Klung (critic) - tenor

Franz (Jungle KIngs) / Ravi (elefant) / Herr Schneider (tailor) - bass

Heinzi (Jungle KIngs) / Vulcar (the-vulcar-with-no-name) / Yasuhiko Suturobo (photographer) / Gian-Carlo Bastonelli (composer) / DWS (showmaster) - actor

Äplies (hotel cleaning lady) / Lala &  Lolo (assistans to Bastonelli) also melodica / Yessir (hotel boy) / Three Fashion Assistants / Two Orderlies – choir solist

Choir (SATB), could be made up of youths


There is not a single reason why Erwin should leave his island in the west-eastern south sea. All of his friends live here, there are the most delicious things to eat and drink, and there is a party every day at which Erwin makes music with his Dschanglkings. What’s more, Rosa lives here, whom Erwin loves and who (although he doesn’t know it yet) is his biggest fan. But one sunny day a crazy professor comes to the island. He hears Erwin singing and promises him many wonderful things and the greatest career in the world if he were to leave the island! After a sleepless night, Erwin goes with Prof. Hoggins because he desperately wants to find out what this ‘chocolate’ really is. On arriving in the biggest capital city Erwin meets the manager Amalia-Bernadette. She plans Erwin’s career and soon a big tour begins. And another. And another. And Erwin is the most well-known, well-loved, and sought-after star of all time. But does he really enjoy this? What about his friends? Does he miss his island? And what about Rosa?

The location at first: a marvelous island in the west-eastern south sea. It could be called O-Taheiti or O-Waihi, but because we’re not sure we’ll call it Flyaway Island. This is what islands were always called in the past when one didn’t exactly know where they were. And then: to the whole world. And that is really pretty big.

trailer from the premiere performance 2005 Staatsoper Stuttgart


orchestra with 14 musicians

  • 1(+picc).0.1(+bcl).0.tensax - 0.2(1+"mutant-trumpet").1.0. - 2perc (see list of inst. below) - e-guitar(+"retuned-western-guitar") - stinges 4(1+"wilted-violine")."wash-tub-bass").

orchestra with 35 musicians

  • 2(+picc).1.2(2nd=bcl).1(+cbn). - 1.2(1st+"mutant-trumpet").1.1. - 3perc (see list of inst. below) -
    e-guitar(+"retuned-western-guitar") - strings 6(1st+"wilted-violine")."wash-tub-bass").

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