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Paul Bunyan
Price $20 General Admission, $16 Students/Seniors
Age Suitability Kids and up
Category Opera

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Paul Bunyan

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 8:00p

Stephen Lord, formerly the music director of Boston Lyric Opera and now artistic director of opera at New England Conservatory, conducts the Boston premiere of the 1941 operetta by Benjamin Britten, with a libretto by W.H. Auden. James Robinson directs the production, with two different student casts. - Jeremy Eichler, Globe Staff

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Paramount Mainstage
559 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 824-8000
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(no rating) April 16, 2012 - Boston.com - Jeffrey Gantz, Globe Correspondent

Paul Bunyan might seem an unlikely subject for an opera — particularly an opera written by two Brits when they were living in Brooklyn. Actually, what Benjamin Britten and W.H. Auden turned out more than 70 years ago was an operetta to be sung by high school students. And the plot has nothing to do with how Paul dug the Grand Canyon by dragging his ax behind him, or how Paul and Babe the Blue Ox created Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes with their footprints during a snowstorm. Neither Paul nor Babe even appears onstage; that could explain why “Paul Bunyan” was a flop when it premiered at Columbia University in May 1941, and why it hasn’t often been staged since. But Stephen Lord, director of opera studies at New England Conservatory, believes in this work, and the NEC production he’s leading, through Tuesday, on the Paramount Theatre Mainstage makes a powerful case for it.

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(no rating) April 13, 2012 - Boston.com - David Weininger, Globe Correspondent

Stephen Lord gets emotional when he talks about Benjamin Britten's first opera, "Paul Bunyan." Lines of narration spoken by the opera's main character sum up for Lord a uniquely American quality that Britten and his librettist, W.H. Auden, managed to depict:

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