|Brage Bang Bjørkmo||A Book in the Library|
|Hilde Haraldsen Sveen||Bastienne|
|Marius Roth Christensen||Bastien|
Bastienne is the unmarried librarian who has fallen in love with the flirtatious Ph.d. student Bastien. Bastien has tempted her with sticky caramels and led her astray before disappearing into nowhere. The library is in total disarray until one of the playful books comes to her rescue and invokes the authority and backward wisdom of Herr Colas. Together they put together a plan in which Herr Colas will appear in white gloves and wearing his top hat pretending to take Bastienne on a voyage. The scheme, however, goes slightly wrong when Bastian appears and the magical words do not match the plan – with Bastien almost ending his life.
Mozart wrote his opera at the age of twelve. Retaining the original score Vestfold International Festival in association with Ibsen Stage Company have created a brand new narrative in the spirit of Mozart’s cheeky playfulness.