Peacock Theatre, London
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by W H Auden
Approx. 2hr 30m (including interval)
Benjamin Britten’s first opera was a collaboration with W H Auden; written with Broadway in mind (and premiered a stone’s-throw away) its easy-going musical style is full of the influence of jazz, swing and country music.
With a cast of 44 singers it tells of the founding of America by a motley band of pioneers, led by the folklore hero ‘as tall as the Empire State’.
- Peter Robinson conductor
- William Kerley director
- Jason Southgate designer
- David Howe lighting designer
- Mandy Demetriou movement director
- in association with Southbank Sinfonia
- and part of Britten100