Nils Henrik Asheim's new opera for children, commissioned by the Norwegian Opera and Ballet, "Stormen - forteljinga om Miranda og Ferdinand", had its premiere on June 12, 2014 and was played for 8 almost sold-out houses.
The libretto is by Rune Belsvik. The piece draws its inspiration from Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Arne Nordheim's ballet music.
This unique project was a joint effort by the Norwegian Opera and Ballet's Childrens' Choir and Childrens' Ballet. In the orchestra pit, members of the Barratt-Due Junior Orchestra joined forces with professional musicians.
The story starts with Miranda on her 12th birthday. Her daddy is always working in his laboratory, and her toys and dolls are boring her. The Fairy brings her a mystical present that could foresee something for the future, and a certain boy called Ferdinand appears.