Birtwistle at 80: Yan Tan Tethera - Britten Sinfonia

Birtwistle at 80: Yan Tan Tethera

29 May 2014

Harrison Birtwistle

Yan Tan Tethera (text by Tony Harrison)


A rare chance for audiences to see a staged production of Birtwistle’s 1988 opera Yan Tan Tethera – only the second performance since its premiere. Described by Birtwistle as a Mechanical Pastoral, this seminal work, with a magical libretto by poet Tony Harrison, is a supernatural tale of two shepherds, their sheep and the devil. A superb line-up of soloists are directed by John Lloyd Davies and conductor Baldur Bronniman.

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