Paul Bunyan

University of York: Practical Project

Conductor: Alistair Hardie
Designer: Laura Emmott


"York's new production by Omar Shahryar... wisely avoided taking cheap shots at Yanks. On the contrary, it exploited the music's naivety to build a 'down-home' scenario smoothly complemented by Laura Emmott's designs. Portable cardboard cut-outs of trees and animals, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein cartoons, might easily have seemed amateuriesh. In fact, they brought the inanimate to life. Back-projected paintings evolved subtly from virgin forest to skyscraperdom." (Martin Dreyer, OPERA)