Yan Tan Tethera (1987)

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  • Behind the Mask Alternative
  • Harrison Birtwistle Alternative
  • Aquarius[]Down by the Greenwood Side Alternative
  • Punch and Judy Alternative


One act opera based on a Wiltshire legend by Harrison Birtwistle. Alan the Shepherd moves to the south from Cumbria with his pregnant wife, Hannah. Caleb Raven, a local shepherd resents the newcomer so Alan teaches his wife an old Northern counting spell - Yan Tan Tethera. Based on David Freemans's stage production

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