English Touring Opera

Britten: Paul Bunyan



Charming and dreamlike, Paul Bunyan is often described as part-opera, part-musical, with elements of blues, folk songs and hymns making it a very accessible introduction to the music of Benjamin Britten.

This humorous collaboration with poet W.H. Auden is a witty, imagery-rich evening set in a lumberjack’s camp, telling a story of the American frontier. The opera is populated by an exotic array of characters, including giants, singing geese, dancing Swedes, bad cooks and a smooth chef.

A witty and irreverent response to the American Dream, English Touring Opera’s production forms part of the Britten 100 centenary celebrations.


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