Grandpa Lear, or Journey To The Land Of The Jumblies
Libretto by Ekaterina Pospelova based on Edward Lear poems
Music by Petr Pospelov
Running time: 1 hour
Comissioned by Perm Opera Ballet Theatre
The world premiere was performed in Perm on 23 December 2014. The performances have been going on
The libretto of the opera written by brother and sister Pospelov and Pospelova are based on stories by a remarkable English poet of the 19th century Edward Lear, famous for his nonsense poetry and limericks. For example, two gentlemen – Mr Floppy Fly and Mr Daddy Long-legs – meet and moan to each other about life. The daddy longlegs has had to stop singing because his legs have become too long and the fly can no longer go to the palace because his legs are too short. Using all their short and long legs, the gentlemen get into a canoe and float away to play ball in a cup.
The directors Vyacheslav Ignatov and Maria Litvinova, who have staged many memorable family performances, combine the possibilities of the puppet, shadow, dramatic and musical genres to create an atmosphere of a cosy home theatre where important things are discussed in a simple way. The format chosen for the performances, a firm favourite of the Perm audience, is opera in the theatre foyer. At the entrance, Grandpa Lear invites everyone on a journey through the fairytale «Land of Nonsense», where children have the opportunity not only to listen, but also to sing and to play the musical instruments together with the characters of the show.
Age category: 6+
Musical Director and Conductor Damir Maxutov
Stage Directors Vyacheslav Ignatov, Maria Litvinova
Set Designer Victor Grigoriev
Costume Designers Olga Bekritskaya, Elena Bekritskaya
Lighting Designer Alexey Khoroshev