Some Sunny Night© - official premiere September 13th. 2004

The opera-musical "Some Sunny Night"© had its official premiere at the 50th. anniversary of Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital September 13th.
Thomas Stanghelle has composed the music and written the libretto.

Read the program for the opera-musical, with pictures. operaprogram.pdf (464 kb)

Guest - artists at this event were four times Olympic Champion Johann Olav Koss, Morten Harket, Stephen Ackles and Xiao Yan from China.

"Some Sunny Night"© was directed by the world-known director Daniel Bohr.

Among the guests were the Norwegian Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Ambassadors of USA, China and Russia, politicians, ministers, and people from the media.

There was made a tv-production of the opera-musical at this event, later to be shown on Norwegian TV.

The story:
"Some Sunny Night"© is based on the true story of handicapped Ketil Moe, known as "the Marathon-hero from Lillesand", and his Chinese friend, handicapped Mark Wang.

Ketil Moe was born with the serious lung-disease Cystic Fibrosis, and at the age of six, he was given few chances to survive. Through a revolutionary training-program he became the longest living person with his handicap, and completed 14 New York Marathons, the last two with transplanted lunges.
He also started his own race for both handicapped and healthy, together with four times Olympic Champion Johann Olav Koss, called "Johann Olav Koss & Ketil Moe's Mosjonløp" ("Run for Life").

Mark Wang from China survived an aircrash 12 years old in the "Yellow River", and due to a spinal chord injury, both his legs was paralysed. After five years at China's only rehabilitation center, HM Queen Sonja visted Beijing, and gave Mark Wang a scholarship to become a student of United World College in Fjaler in Norway, as the first handicapped from China ever.

In Norway Mark Wang met his role model, "the Marathon-hero from Lillesand", Ketil Moe.
Together they managed to start the first Bejing Marathon for handicapped people.

During these busy times Ketil Moe also met the love of his life, Astrid, who later became his wife. However, to save the world while at the same time saving the love, proved to be difficult...

Ketil Moe passed away dramatically after his 14th New York Marathon in 1999, almost 33 years old.

His work and visions still live stronger than ever.
Mark Wang is now continuing Ketil Moe's work amongst China's 60 million handicapped people, and also in other parts of the world.
In China there has been made a TV-series about Mark and Ketil, viewed by 800 million people.

The theme-song for this TV-series, "Angel of life", is composed by Thomas Stanghelle, a close friend to both Ketil Moe and Mark Wang.

The cast:
Director: Daniel Bohr
Ketil Moe: Kjetil Støa (baryton)
Astrid: Cecilie Rønning (soprano)
Mark Wang: Thomas Stanghelle (tenor)
Shen Lipeng
(Mark's mother):
Turid Stanghelle (mezzo-soprano)
Ying: Xiao Yan (soprano)
Johann Olav Koss: Johann Olav Koss (speaking-part as himself)
Guest artists: Morten Harket and Stephen Ackles.
Conductor: Pøl Rullestad
Opera - choir: from the Norwegian Opera and Sunnaas Rehabiltatition Hospital.
Musicians: Natasja Rybak, Alexander Rybak, Igor Rybak and Pøl Rullestad
Sound engineering: Bernt Austad