Into the Little Hill

George Benjamin

11 Feb, 20 - 15 Feb, 20

Titular Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real

Into the Little Hill

11 Feb 20

PREMIERE Teatros del Canal

15 Feb 20

LAST PERFORMANCE Teatros del Canal



Following the shocking Written On Skin, Madrid will have the opportunity to experience a new work by George Benjamin. Into the little Hill is presented in a new production by the Teatro Real in co-production with the Teatros del Canal and offers a piercing adaptation of the story, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, to a political setting dominated by totalitarianism. Tim Murray conducts the Symphonic Orchestra of Madrid in the three performances in the Sala Verde of the Teatros del Canal I Madrid.

Lyrical tale in two parts

Music by George Benjamin (1960)
Libretto by Martin Crimp

Premiered in the Opéra Bastille of Paris on November 22nd of 2006

New Production of the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Teatros del Canal

Performances at the Teatros del Canal

Artistic Team

Conductor I Tim Murray  

Stage Director I Marcos Morau (La Veronal) 

Set Designer I Max Glaenzel

Costume Designer I Silvia Delagneau



The crowd/ The Foreigner I Jenny Daviet

Narrator/ The Minister’s daughter I Jenny Daviet

The crowd/ The Minister I Camille Merckx

Narrator/ The wife of the Minister I Camille Merckx



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Synopsis of Into the Little Hill

The story will inevitably seem familiar; there must be few homes that have not been visited –at one time or another- by The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

However, the first incursion of George Benjamin into the world of opera goes far beyond a mere exercise in composing music for an innocent fable.

By means of a brilliant and hair-raising score, Into the Little Hill provides a metaphor about the fragility of the political and social structures in which we are immersed. Here, a political leader who aspires to be re-elected, makes a commitment to get rid of all the rats from the country, even though he is fully aware that they do not really cause any damage. Nevertheless, fulfilling this plan is not as simple as he has had explained during his electoral campaign.

Two female voices are responsible for the narration and interpretation of all the characters of this story of dire relevance.

Plagued by subtleties, Into the Little Hill reveals with very little effort, one of the most desolate dramas which continues without any type of resolution in the Twenty-first century.

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11 February 2020


Jenny Daviet, Camille Merckx
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13 February 2020


Jenny Daviet, Camille Merckx
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14 February 2020


Jenny Daviet, Camille Merckx
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15 February 2020


Jenny Daviet, Camille Merckx
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