The Ashlad and his good opera helpers
This is a children’s opera that have been performed for 4000 children from kindergarten age up to 7th grade. The opera was order by culture consultant Bjørn Holm in Stovner, Oslo 2014 and was a great success. The children laughed at the crazy Professor and cried with the Queen of the Cathedral headland, who was so sad because her daughter, Princess Cindarella, have been kidnapped by the wicked witch from Helgøya. Espen Ashlad and Filibom has to defy witches and other dangers to save Cindarella. The opera is filled with great arias and duets from well-known operas like the Magic Flute, the Barber of Seville and Rusalka.
Thank you so much to our sponsors who made this possible: OBOS, Sparebank 1 Østlandet and Sparebankstiftelsen Hedmark. Without out sponsors, this concert would not be a possibility.
Creative team and Cast
Einar Bjørge, director
Espen Ashlad: Dagfinn Andersen, baritone
Filibom, his forgettful helper: Mette Bjærang, mezzosoprano
The Queen of the Cathedral headland: Stina Levvel, soprano
Princess Cindarella, her daughter: Hanne Korsbrekke Askeland, soprano
The wicked Witch and the mad Professor: Gjøril Songvoll, soprano
Stefan Ibsen Zlatanos, piano