Thank you, dear Ronja!

Thank you, dear Ronja!

Thank you, dear Ronja!

Dear Ronja, our president and the entire SARIAS Foundation were very pleased with your letter. It is exactly this feedback that motivates us to create even more fairy tale books and to make even more children happy with our books. Your picture will have a place of honour in our office and will remind us every day of all the children who love to read fairy tales. We thank you very much for your letter.

Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” had free online premiere

Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” had free online premiere

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” had free online premiere

In the beginning of 2021, the opera houses were still closed. It was therefore with a heavy heart that the Berlin State Opera had to cancel the premiere of “Pinocchio’s Adventures” in front of a live audience. However, in an effort to ensure not all the preparations were in vain, the State Opera decided to stage the production in spite of everything. The SARIAS Foundation worked with the State Opera to create a professional stream. We are delighted with the result, which could be watched online for one month and hopefully in front of a live audience soon!Pinocchio’s adventurous journey was recounted in an exciting hour-long interplay of music, tableaus and puppetry for children aged 6 and over.

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, whose nose grows longer when he lies…On his journey from animated wooden puppet to a boy of flesh and bone, Pinocchio must survive numerous adventures in which he proves his courage and remains loyal to his father, the woodcarver Gepetto. Along the way, he has to contend with some dangerous characters like the greedy fox and tomcat, shady circus directors and even a giant whale.

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

Pinocchio learns the hard way that his nose grows inconveniently long when he lies too much, and that there are unpleasant consequences to being lazy, skipping school and spending time in the seemingly heavenly Land of Toys, where no one works. The mysterious fairy with its dark blue hair is always at his side, rescuing him repeatedly and finally bringing him back to his long-lost father.

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

The children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” was created by the Italian composer Lucia Ronchetti in 2015, with lyrics closely following the original version of the classic children’s book by Carlo Collodi. The work was being performed in German for the first time at the Berlin State Opera (Unter den Linden). Soprano Sarah Aristidou portrays the wooden protagonist Pinocchio, while five instrumentalists from the Staatskapelle Berlin assume the roles of the story’s numerous supporting characters.

“Yéil, the Courageous Raven”

“Yéil, the Courageous Raven”

“Yéil, the Courageous Raven” 

Our new fairy tale takes us to Alaska – or more precisely to one of the Native American tribes in the southeast of the country. We are immersed in a fantastic story that tells us about the creation of the world through light and warmth.

In 1867, Alaska was purchased by the USA; by that time, the land had already been inhabited for many thousands of years. The Tlingit people were one of a number of Indian tribes that settled there; they are one of the indigenous peoples of south-eastern Alaska. 

The surrounding area offered abundant resources and the Tlingit used the nearby waterways to obtain food and for transport. They lived largely on fishing and they built long canoes from the plentiful trees nearby. 

Some 10,000 Tlingit still live in the coastal areas of southeastern Alaska and in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The title of our story is “Yéil, the Courageous Raven”. In Tlingit mythology, the raven plays an important role: it is either itself the creator of the world, or otherwise plays a major role in its creation. In many myths the raven appears in several guises, and he is also able to shapeshift in our story. 

As a boy, the courageous raven Yéil grows up with his grandfather, the river god. The old man owns many treasures, three of which he keeps strictly guarded. The three treasure chests contain the sun, the moon and the stars and – the Earth. 

Yéil would like nothing more than to be allowed to see these treasures… When, after much pleading and begging, the river god finally relents and opens the treasure chests just a little, Yéil is thrilled. He experiences the feeling and magic of light and warmth for the first time. 

From that moment on, he is unstoppable: he frees the treasures from their chests. However, he is grabbed by his angry grandfather and hurled into the depths of space as punishment.

But now that they are free, what happens to the treasures? And the grandfather? After many years, the river god sets out to find his courageous grandson, Yéil…

The illustrator Ceyhun Şen was fascinated by the unique nature of this “universal” story and is currently illustrating it for our next picture book. He sent us the sketches and the colour illustration that you see here as a first impression. 

Learning is reading

Learning is reading

Learning is reading 

We know the many advantages of reading alone and aloud for children: from increasing concentration to better text comprehension. Learning means reading, reading connects us and reading satisfies the curiosity, thirst for adventure and hunger for knowledge of children. They can dive into the exciting world of the stories and discover unknown worlds. Or they can find answers to their questions by looking something up. To make reading something that children don’t just have to do, but actually want to do, we need more interesting and age-appropriate literature. The SARIS Foundation wants to provide incentive for reading and give as many children as possible the opportunity to experience literature. 

The Mehmet Akif Ersoy Middle School in Şanlıurfa, south-east Turkey didn’t have enough books for its 1110 students, so the SARIAS Foundation donated 5 copies of a total of 189 different books. These included both works of Turkish literature, such as Dede Korkut, Kaşağı and 87 Oğuz, as well as international literature such as The Little Prince, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Andersen’s fairy tales, Pinocchio and Tom Sawyer. The small library at the Mehmet Akif Ersoy Middle School can now begin to grow and there is something for every student to read. 

Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” had free online premiere

Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” has free online premiere

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

 Children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” has free online premiere

The opera houses are closed. It was therefore with a heavy heart that the Berlin State Opera had to cancel the premiere of “Pinocchio’s Adventures” in front of a live audience. However, in an effort to ensure not all the preparations were in vain, the State Opera decided to stage the production in spite of everything. The SARIAS Foundation worked with the State Opera to create a professional stream, and we are delighted with the result! Pinocchio’s adventurous journey is recounted in an exciting hour-long interplay of music, tableaus and puppetry for children aged 6 and over.

You can watch the video by following the link below:

https://youtu.be/r-YF61MUr00

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

Everyone knows the story of Pinocchio, whose nose grows longer when he lies…On his journey from animated wooden puppet to a boy of flesh and bone, Pinocchio must survive numerous adventures in which he proves his courage and remains loyal to his father, the woodcarver Gepetto. Along the way, he has to contend with some dangerous characters like the greedy fox and tomcat, shady circus directors and even a giant whale.

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

Pinocchio learns the hard way that his nose grows inconveniently long when he lies too much, and that there are unpleasant consequences to being lazy, skipping school and spending time in the seemingly heavenly Land of Toys, where no one works. The mysterious fairy with its dark blue hair is always at his side, rescuing him repeatedly and finally bringing him back to his long-lost father.

Copyright: Gianmarco Bresadola

The children’s opera “Pinocchio’s Adventures” was created by the Italian composer Lucia Ronchetti in 2015, with lyrics closely following the original version of the classic children’s book by Carlo Collodi. The work is being performed in German for the first time at the Berlin State Opera (Unter den Linden).

Soprano Sarah Aristidou portrays the wooden protagonist Pinocchio, while five instrumentalists from the Staatskapelle Berlin assume the roles of the story’s numerous supporting characters.