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The Musicians of Bremen

comic opera in one act

Year:  1984   ·  Duration:  1h
Instrumentation:  soprano, 2 mezzos, tenor, baritone; orch: 1111;1111;1perc; strs (11111)

Year:  1984
Duration:  1h
Instrumentation  soprano, 2 mezzos, tenor, b...

Tony Ryan

Composer:   Tony Ryan


A comic opera in one act which was professionally staged in 1996.

It played to enthusiastic audiences and reviewers, including Timothy Jones who commented that it was: "lean, witty and self-contained - wonderfully rhythmic, but spiky and astringent as the need arose". Ian Dando's review concluded: "Honest music with its sleeves rolled up", while John Pattinson's noted: "His orchestral resourcefulness is considerable and The Musicians of Bremen teems with interesting and colourful ideas all of which seemed to work like a charm. Ryan has developed a happy knack of being able to write effectively for voices or instruments". Elric Hooper's review included the following: "Christchurch ... contains some of NZ's best kept artistic secrets. One of them is Tony Ryan."

Text note

Libretto by Tony Ryan after Grimm