Commissioned Opera BOX
Opus Number 67
Libretto by Marina Motaleff-Kelly
Language Swedish and Finnish (and a bit German)
Category children opera
Year 2019
Duration 40 min
Orchestration soprano, tenor,  barytone and accordion
Premiere 17th of October 2019, The Alexander Theatre, Helsinki



Väinö (Ville Salonen) and Vickan (Hedvig Paulig). Photo: Cecilia Damström



A 40 minute bilingual opera in one act for children. Commissioned, produced and performed by Opera BOX. World premiere on the 17th of October 2019. Going on tour in Finland 2020.

Music: Cecilia Damström
Libretto, original story and director: Marina Motaleff
Costume design and scenography: Tarmo Tanttu
Lights: Erno Seppälä
Vickan, Emelie, soprano: Hedvig Paulig / Anna Sandström
Väinö: Ville Salonen / Topias Lundell
Carl Ludvig Engel, Filip Löwf: Markus Nieminen / Aku Rantama
Accordion: Janne Valkeajoki
Väinö (Topias Lundell). Photo: Cecilia Damström


Vickan & Väinö Synopsis

A story about two mice who meet in Helsinki in 1840. The mouse Vickan is from Stockholm and speaks only Swedish and happens to meet the Finnish speaking mouse Väinö upon arrival. Together they help architect Carl Ludvig Engel to get back his stolen drawing from his rival architect and even though they in the beginning don’t have a common language they learn to understand each other better throughout the opera.



Väinö (Topias Lundell) and Filip Löwf (Aku Rantama) are fighting over the drawing while Vickan (Anna Sandström) hides. Photo: Cecilia Damström



 Children opera is a difficult genre due to its difficult balance between serious musical language and an expression which is familiar for the young audience. Seriousness and play in perfect proportions. This Marina Motaleff-Kelly (libretto and directing) and Cecilia Damström (music)  had wonderfully succeeded with in Vickan & Väinö, which also in a welcome way emphasis the bilingual aspect.

The functional and tonal but never uninspired music by Cecilia Damström undermines effectively the different moods and dramatical happenings and  is aesthetically balanced.

-Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet 18.10.2019

 Barnopera är en knepig genre med sin kinkiga balansgång mellan en i sig seriös musikdramatisk framställning och ett uttryck som närmar sig den unga publiken på dess egna villkor. Allvar och lek i optimala proportioner. Det här hade Marina Motaleff-Kelly (libretto och regi) och Cecilia Damström (musik) lyckats på kornet med i Vickan & Väinö, som dessutom på ett välkommet sätt slår ett slag för en levande tvåspråkighet. 

Cecilia Damströms funktionella, avgjort tonala men aldrig slätstrukna musik understryker effektivt de olika stämningarna och dramatiska skeendena och känns överlag estetiskt välavvägd

-Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet 18.10.2019



World premiere 17th of October 2019 at 10 AM, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki
October 17th 2019 at 12 PM, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki
October 17th 2019 at 6 PM, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki

October 18th 2019 at 10 AM, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki
October 18th 2019 at 12 PM, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki
October 18th 2019 at 7 PM, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki

October 19th 2019 at 1 PM, Alexander Theatre, Helsinki

July 31st 2021 at 3 PM, Lemin musiikkijuhlat, Lemi, Finland – More info

November 21st 2021 at 12 and 2 PM, Lux Musicae, Siuntio, Finland – More info

July 16th 2022 at 1:30 PM, Sibelius Festival Korpo, Pargas, Finland – More info
July 17th 2022 at 1:30 PM, Sibelius Festival Korpo, Pargas, Finland – More info

February 12th 2023 at 3PM, Kokkola Winter Accordion, Finland