Paul Bunyan

26 - 27 May 2017, 19:30
Cambridge campus

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By Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden.

Owing more to Oklahoma than Peter Grimes, Britten’s first musical theatre work, the operetta Paul Bunyan, was written during the early years of his self-imposed exile to America in 1941.

In the operetta, the story of the mythical Paul Bunyan is presented as a metaphor for the human struggles of the emerging New World and the  personal struggles of the central character Johnny Inkslinger. In this  sense, the opera foreshadows many of the themes of Britten’s later works concerned with a search for identity.

Full of colourful characters and memorable melodies, Paul Bunyan sees Britten at his freshest and most inventive.

Presented by Anglia Opera

Event Details

26 - 27 May 2017, 19:30
Cambridge campus
Mumford Theatre
£12.00 (£8.00 concessions, £5.00 students and children)
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