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A children's opera in five acts
When Chu Hsi (Misper), a 12th century Chinese philosopher, burns a hole in the manuscript of the history of the future he is writing, he unwittingly causes a train-wreck in present-day Crayford. He has to travel to the future to repair the damage. On Blackthorn Tip he befriends Frank Winter, the boy who has been falsely accused of causing the crash. He has run away from home and hidden at the tip.
Composer John Lunn
Book and lyrics Stephen Plaice
Directed by Stephen Langridge
Conducted by Andrea Quinn
Designed by Alison Chitty
Lighting Designer Keith Benson
Movement by Trevor Stuart
Starring: Omar Ebrahim, Josik Koc, Mary King, Tertia Sefton-Green, Melanie Pappenheim, Joss Turley, Gemma Ticehurst, Alice Purcell, Joseph Beamont, John Berry, Chris Hodges, Ben Davies
East Sussex Academy of Music Orchestra
Première - Glyndebourne: 27 February 1997
Revived at Glyndebourne: 25 February 1998
'Children's opera has a chequered history. But Misper, commissioned by
Glyndebourne and premiered by pupils from Sussex schools is a cracker. Stephen
Plaice's libretto brilliantly catches the way teenagers talk... this is
one new opera that shouldn't go missing.'
Richard Morrison The Times
'Misper has more to offer than good looks; and whether or not it really
counts as opera - 'musical' might be closer to the truth, it's an impressive
and affecting piece of work.
Michael White The Independent on Sunday
' At last, a teenage opera to sing about.'
Rupert Christiansen The Telegraph
'Misper was a genuine show, staged with wit and gusto.'