Gian Carlo Menotti
HELP, HELP, THE GLOBOLINKS!
An Opera for Children and All Those Still Young at Heart
A Colour Television Film of the Opera, Recorded in 1969
Sung in German
Emily: Edith Mathis
Madame Euterpova, music teacher: Arlene Saunders
Dr. Stone, Principal of the school: Raymond Wolansky
Tony, school bus driver: William Workman
Timothy, caretaker of the school: Kurt Marschner
Miss Newkirk: Ursula Boese
Mr. Lavander-Gas: Franz Grundheber
Dr. Turtlespit: Noël Mangin
Members of the Corps de ballet of the Hamburg State Opera
The Children Chorus of the NDR (direction: Hellmut Fellmer)
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra
Matthias Kuntzsch, conductor
Gian Carlo Menotti, director
Joachim Hess, TV adaptation
Picture format: NTSC 4:3 (Colour)
Sound format: Dolby Digital Mono
Region code: 0
Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Running time: 77 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 5)
- Arthaus presents the original world première recording of Menotti's space-age opera for children of all ages, Help, Help, The Globolinks! Composed in 1968 and first performed in Hamburg, Menotti's music for Globolinks is appealing, accessible and very amusing.
- The opera tells the story of electronic aliens (the Globolinks) who attack earth and who can only be stopped by the sound of musical instruments, and the story of the little girl who stops them.
- Composer, librettist and conductor, Gian Carlo Menotti was born in Cadegliano in Italy in 1911 but has lived mainly in America and Scotland. He studied at Milan Conservatoire from 1924-27 and then on Toscanini's advice at the Curtis Institute where he met and formed a lifelong friendship with Samuel Barber. He has worked mainly in the field of opera and is best remembered for his opera Amahl and the Night Visitors.
- Menotti himself directs this archive performance from Hamburg.
"A completely charming little production which I recommend unreservedly" MusicWeb