Where the Wild Things Are

An opera double bill by Oliver Knussen

3 November 2012 / 14:00, 19:00

Tickets £25 (adult), £15 (under 16)

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Oliver Knussen
Where the Wild Things Are (45mins)
Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1hr)

Britten Sinfonia
Ryan Wigglesworth
Netia Jones director/designer
Libretti and original drawings by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are
Claire Booth Max
Susan Bickley Mama / Voice of Tzippy
Christopher Lemmings Moishe
Graeme Broadbent Emil
Jonathan Gunthorpe Aaron
Graeme Danby Bernard
Charlotte McDougall Tzippy

Higglety Pigglety Pop!
Lucy Schaufer Jennie
Susanna Andersson The Potted Plant / Baby
Claire Booth Rhoda / Voice of Baby's Mother
Christopher Lemmings Cat-Milkman / High Voice of Ash Tree
Graeme Danby
Grame Broadbent
Lion / Low Voice of Ash Tree

Multimedia Staged Concert
Age guidance 7+

Pre-concert talk
Frobisher Auditorium 1, 17:30, featuring Claire Booth, Ryan Wigglesworth, and Netia Jones

Oliver Knussen changed the parameters of British opera with his two picture-book stage works Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop!  These colourful and opulent creations were inspired by the drawings of Maurice Sendak, whose deeply-felt stories for children have enchanted generations. Knussen’s scores, beautifully complex and yet always touching and involving, are performed by the Britten Sinfonia and a cast of talented, versatile singers.

Specially commissioned multimedia stagings by Netia Jones will see singers, orchestra and projections come together in a joyous celebration of these fun, spontaneous and utterly unreal operatic gems. 

It’s as though he’s taken it and musically pictured … one step beyond what I’ve done… He’s carried it into another generation … He has moved it into his time, but with an authenticity and truthfulness that I feel.Maurice Sendak on Oliver Knussen

'Netia Jones is the most imaginative director of opera working in Britain today'
The Observer 'Hot 100' 2009

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This event is part of:
Families at the Barbican
All classical music events - 2012–2013 season
Barbican Productions 2012–2013
Total Immersion 2012 - 2013: Oliver Knussen at 60
Barbican Weekender: ticketed events

A co-production between the Aldeburgh Festival, Barbican and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in association with Lightmap. This production was conceived by Transition.


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