by Richard Wagner
told by Mara Cantoni
illustrated by Maria Antonietta Gambaro
Imagine then many others, noblemen and common people, warriors and
ladies, all those people who see and live the story we wish to tell
and with their voices, joined in chorus, they laugh and cry and
are frightened and amazed at the fantastic adventure of the knight
And now a theater and an orchestra. Airy music which takes us far
away and a curtain which opens on a wood on the banks of a river...
Are childrenís imaginations still set on fire looking
at a book with pictures? And in front of a curtain which opens?
At that time, the Emme editions were convinced of both things,
so much so that they overlapped them and dedicated one of their
series to the fairy tales and legends which appeared on the
stages of the opera.
This Lohengrin in miniature, shared with an unforgettable
set designer and painter who left us too soon, preceded by a
few years a more substantial
on the occasion of a new production at the Scala and which remained
If instead you wish to stay
in the world of children ...
opera can not be told, as aesthetics teaches us. But childhood
(our own just to start from) instead teaches us that the tales
of older people and of illustrated books can put us in touch with
a world which is fatal, upright and full of imagination, waiting
for the music which we too want to listen to...
(...) Mara Cantoni doesnít just tell the story, but really
the story as itís experienced on the stage. With the lights,
spaces, mysterious sense of the stage and above all with the music
of Wagner ...
Il Giorno, 30 december 1979)