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'Children are the only reasonably sane audience' – Maurice Sendak
Cast includes Susanna Andersson, Susan Bickley, Claire Booth, Lucy Schaufer, Graeme Broadbent, Graeme Danby, Jonathan Gunthorpe, Christopher Lemmings, Charlotte McDougall
Netia Jones director/designer
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor Britten Sinfonia
Music by Oliver Knussen
Libretti and original drawings by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are, Op.20 (1979–83)
Interval (30 minutes)
Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Op.21 (1984–5, rev.1999)
Two of the world’s most beloved books for children, Where The Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! spring to life in these wildly imaginative operas by Oliver Knussen and Maurice Sendak.
The boisterous Max journeys from his bedroom to a land of giant creatures with yellow rolling eyes, and the feisty terrier Jennie abandons the comforts of home to venture out into the world in search of Experience.
In this multimedia performance, singers, orchestra and projections collide in a joyous celebration of these brilliant works.
‘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
Suitable for children aged 8 and over
A co-production with the Barbican Centre and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
This performance is supported by Lindsay & Sarah Tomlinson and a small syndicate of individuals
Second performance on Sunday 10 June at 2.30pm
£32, £28, £24, £19, £14
Under 27s half price
The Festival celebrates Oliver Knussen’s 60th birthday with an invitation as Artist in Residence, featuring his music and conducting.
‘Knussen changed the face of British new music in the 1990s … music of luminous detail and distilled, concentrated power’ - The Guardian
10 June 1928 – 8 May 2012
This production would not have been possible without the collaboration, support and generosity of Maurice Sendak. His loss in the middle of our project is a very great sadness, and we dedicate this performance to him, with love and admiration. Netia Jones
‘Clinch with, and collaborate with’