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According to the laws of nature, their union is an impossible one. But their hearts sing otherwise. A series of misfortunes and bad timing separate these star-crossed lovers… but forever?

Toadette, the Frog Opera is their story.

SHE is a TOAD.  HE is a FROG. 
 

composed by Jack Dauner
libretto by Kristin Hurst

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Toadette’s enchanting score combines romantic-style music with folk elements and a touch of musical theatre to create a fantastical world for these exceptional amphibians.

 

Originally released as a puppet film, Toadette made its debut as a live opera at the Cockpit theatre in London on August 29th, 2022. The unique mom and son team, composer Jack Dauner and costume designer/puppeteer Kristin Hurst Dauner, were joined by renowned British conductor Tom Fetherstonhaugh, instrumentalists from the Royal Academy of Music, and 3 soloists from The University of Vienna.

Full performance

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THE CREATORS OF TOADETTE

Jack Dauner
composer
read more about me here

Kristin Hurst
librettist, costume designer, artistic director
www.kristinhurst.com

Also known as the mom of Jack, Kristin M. Hurst is an artist of sorts. She has worked as a puppeteer and props master in opera, film, theatre, and the circus. Kristin has been collaborating with her son Jack since he was 5 years old, performing their own puppet and mask shows in street and theatre festivals, in retirement homes and for their YouTube kid’s channel. Toadette is her first gig as a costume designer.

CAST

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Mariella Hofbauer
soprano
 

Fabian Balkhausen
bass
 

Dionysios Avgerinos
baritone
 

Toadette, Mother,
Princess Bombina

Prince Ribit

Todd, Captain Crab,
Princess Francine Fralissa

Austrian Mariella Hofbauer was born in 2001. She first got in touch with music at the age of six years, when she began taking flute lessons. After 10 years of studying flute, guitar, and piano, Mariella discovered her true passion for singing.  Her interests range from Hairspray and Heidi to Haydn and Handel.  Mariella has performed throughout Austria, and currently studies classical solo-singing at the Joseph Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria.

Fabian J. Balkhausen made his first steps on the operatic stage in the choir of the Bonn Opera. He has since sung a wide range of roles, such as Sarastro, Colline, Spinelloccio, Bartolo and Zuniga. In 2022 he sang Sarastro alongside K.S. Daniela Fally at the "Klassik Klang Festival" in the Stadttheater Berndorf. He took part in the "Chautauqua Opera Conservatory" in New York in the same year, where the teaching staff included Renée Fleming and Susan Graham. He is a scholarship holder of the Richard Wagner association. Future debuts include roles such as "Gremin" in Onegin. Fabian studies at The University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, under Rainer Trost.

Dionysios Avgerinos started his vocal studies in his homeland Greece with Oksana Tsavkopoulou and moved to Vienna in 2019 to continue his studies with Rainer Trost at Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien. Dionysios has performed at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Vienna, in the title role in of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Papageno in a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He will perform as Conte Almaviva in a new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in the autumn of 2022. The baritone has performed in numerous concerts in his homeland, as well as in Austria and Russia. In 2021, Dionysios Avgerinos was soloist in concerts with arias and duets by Donizetti and Mozart at Vienna’s Old Town Hall. He has sung under the baton of conductors including Stefan Gottfried.