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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

Misper in performance

Press notices

'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.'
The Independent

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