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Peter and the Wolf

Experience one of the most beloved musical fairy tales of our time. Alexander Hanson leads the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Prokofiev’s painterly music. The storyteller is actor Andreas Rothlin Svensson.

The humorous and captivating story of Peter and the Wolf must be one of the most popular musical fairy tales ever composed. Based on a Russian folk tale, the story is told through Sergei Prokofiev’s fantastic music and has entertained generations of children and adults since its composition in 1936.

Peter lives a simple life on a farm with his grandfather. He is an outcast among the local children, and his best friends are a bird, a cat and a scatter-brained duck. Despite his grandfather’s warnings, Peter and his friends head out into the appealing yet dangerous woods, where the wolf lies in wait. 

The characters are portrayed musically through different instruments. The cat is a softly pattering clarinet; the duck is a quacking oboe; the grandfather’s voice is portrayed by the bassoon and we hear the wolf in the form of three threatening horns.  The performance begins with a presentation of the instruments, so that the children can learn what they look and sound like.

At this performance, we will also see imagery made by legendary illustrator Ilon Wikland, known in particular for her long collaboration with Astrid Lindgren.

The storyteller is actor Andreas Rothlin Svensson, who has been associated with the Royal Dramatic Theatre since 2013, where he has performed a number of acclaimed roles. He is also a familiar voice actor and has recently portrayed roles in the Swedish versions of the new Lion King, Mary Poppins Returns, and the animated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Conductor Alexander Hanson is a returning guest of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He regularly leads the major Nordic orchestras, and has conducted several operas and musicals at the Göteborg Opera.

  • The music

  • Sergey Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Alexander Hanson conductor
  • Andreas Rothlin Svensson narrator
  • Published online 21 October 2020.
  • Filmed 26 September 2020. 
  • The video is approximately 32 minutes.
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.

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