- Director, Ella Marchment
- Conductor, Michael Rosewell
- Composer, Libby Larsen
- Librettist, Libby Larsen and Bridget Carpenter
- Designer, Madeleine Boyd
- Choreographer, Adam Haigh
- Royal College of Music
- Britten Theatre, London
- UK premiere
- June–July 2023
Barnum’s Bird is the story of a relationship ahead of its time – that of the ‘great showman’ PT Barnum, and his star opera singer, Jenny Lind.
Known as the ‘Swedish Nightingale’, Jenny Lind was the most treasured soprano of her time, with a reputation that would have rivalled that of Elvis Presley or the Beatles. A savvy businesswoman, she went on an American tour in 1850 with Barnum, who put Lind’s name on cigars, soap and cakes, and marketed her personality – something that had never been seen before.
Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen’s chamber opera in two acts is a story of art, artists and the human soul. At the same time, it’s a tale of how great art serves commerce and profit, as well as humanity, and makes us question our own experiences as a consumer of entertainment.
Synopsis by Royal College of Music.
Video courtesy of Adam Haigh
All photos (C) Chris Christodoulou