Carnival of the Animals: An Animal Trilogy

Wed. 23.8.2023
Elefant und Rabe | © Bernhard Müller
Carnival of the Animals: An Animal Trilogy
Wed 23.8.2023

In a varied hour, students tell under the direction of Andreas Groethuysen and Benjamin Schmid, who also plays the part of the solo violin, three musical animal stories in cooperation with the Salzburg Marionette Theater.

The one about the little elephant Babar, who flees to a city and takes a liking to human life; the one about the young bull Ferdinand, who has other preferences than his belligerent peers; and Saint-Saëns' famous Carnival of the Animals in a poetic new interpretation.

Three teams of directors stage the three pieces in completely different ways. The musical realisation is done in cooperation with students of Andreas Groethuysen and Benjamin Schmid.

  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Carnival of the Animals - An Animal Trilogy
  • In German with explanations in English


I. The story of Babar, the little elephant
Based on the children's book by Jean de Brunhoff (1899-1937)
Music by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Concept: Herbert Kapplmüller, Lisa Stumpfögger
Direction, dramaturgy: Lisa Stumpfögger
Characters, costumes, stage design: Herbert Kapplmüller
Narrator: Hanna Schygulla


II Ferdinand the Bull
Based on the children's book by Munro Leaf (1905-1976)
Music by Alan Ridout (1934-1996)

Concept, direction: Philippe Brunner
Illustrations: Clemens Birsak
Characters: Vladimir Fediakov
Solo violin: Benjamin Schmid
Narrator: Matthias Bundschuh


III The Carnival of the Animals
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Concept: Matthias Bundschuh, Philippe Brunner
Direction, dramaturgy: Matthias Bundschuh
Stage design: Matthias Bundschuh, Philippe Brunner
Figures, costumes: Barbara Weinhold
Figure construction: Günter Weinhold