|Conductor: Philip Sunderland||Orchestra: English Touring Opera|
|Composer: Britten||Duration: 2hrs 14mins|
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. A humorous collaboration with poet W.H. Auden, it 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.
The character of Paul Bunyan is voiced by Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Damian Lewis (Star of TV series Homeland & Band of Brothers)
A witty and irreverent response to the American Dream, English Touring Opera’s production forms part of the Britten 100 centenary celebrations.
“Flawless from start to finish” ★★★★★ Independent
“Could give any Broadway hit a run for its money” ★★★★ Telegraph
“Joyously and enthusiastically sung” Observer
Winner of the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
Click below to hear some of the songs from Paul Bunyan: