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Premiär 3 februari 2011 i Orkestersalen.

Concert. Through Babar the Göteborg Opera wants to give its younger visitors the chance to get a closer look at music and musical instruments.

The story has it that French composer Francis Poulenc was playing the piano at the home of some relatives one day in the 1940s, when suddenly a little girl walked up to him and said "Oh, that doesn't sound good at all. Play this instead". She placed her book about the elephant Babar on the music stand. Poulenc improvised an accompaniment while he read the story, to the delight of the little girl. Soon the rumour spread and Poulenc had to do the same thing for all the children in the neighbourhood. When the composition "for story teller and piano (or orchestra)", L’histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant, was first published in 1945, it was dedicated to all these children.

Musicians from the Göteborg Opera, together with soloist Lars Hjertner, welcome you to an unusual educational visit to the orchestra hall. Together, they will bring Jean du Brunhoff's classic tale about Babar to life. Poulenc's music has been arranged for wind instruments by Thomas Lindahl, our resident composer this season. The translation was provided by Gallie Eng. The production, which will be performed as a matinée, is aimed at primary school children.

Lars Hjertner

Lars Hjertner
Lars HjertnerPhoto: Ingmar Jernberg

Lars Hjertner is originally from the south of Dalarna and his career started with the Horndal Variety in 1979. He plays the violin and sings, has studied acting at Calle Flygare and dance at Kulturama. Ten years with Länsteatern in Skaraborg has resulted in parts from Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace to Robert in Maratondansen and Kenickie in Grease. Also worth mentioning is Spela Allan and the one man show Änglaknäpp. At Oscars in Stockholm he has played in Cyrano (as a substitute for the main role played by Mikael Samuelsson, for which he received a sholarship) and My Fair Lady.

Every summer he plays Mats in Himlaspelet in Leksand. At the Göteborg Opera Lars has played a narrator in Junker Nils av Eka, Will in Some Enchanted Evening and Schlomo Metzenbaum in FAME. During the spring 2004 he made great success, in the leading role in the musical Stop the World - I Want to Get Off. During the season 2004/2005 he will star in the musicals I do, I do and The Beauty and the Beast.


  • Genre: Concert
  • Season: 2010/2011
  • premiere: 3 Feb 2011
  • Last show: 18 Feb 2011
  • Location:

    Orchestral rehearsal room

  • Length: Aprox. 1 tim and 10 min.


Conductor   Finn Rosengren
Storyteller   Lars Hjertner
Musicians from the Göteborg Opera Orchestra