“Aqqaluk et le Grand Pingouin” is an opera for children’s choir, female narrators and singers. These songs can be performed by elementary school students, as it corresponds to a first year of choral singing.
The tale was written by Violaine Fournier based on the true story of the extinction of the great auk in 1844. Fifth grade students helped to write this opera and it is a way to answer their question: what are you grown ups, going to do with the Earth?
Life was joyful, playful and full of traditions in an unfriendly world of ice. Humans and nature lived side by side for thousands of years. This was where Aqqaluk and his family lived.
But one day, explorers came from a distant land. As they didn’t know anything about the fragile balance between human and nature, everybody’s life was turned upside down. The life of the great auk colony came to its end and there was nothing they could do to stop it. A big gap, a lot of questions, but also hope were all that was left.
True and current facts inspired this tale. Bring the Antarctic inhabitants to life with your voice.
The nine scenes can be performed by many different formations like call and response children groups, or canons, or soprano superposition. This way you can tackle polyphony easily and efficiently.
Songs and emotions are contrasted. Penguins are funny, tender, and clumsy and then profound anger and distress take over.