Punch and Judy:  The Opera

The Wikipedia page for the opera.

The work caused great controversy with members of the audience, because of the violence of the plot and the nature of the music. Benjamin Britten was reported to have left the premiere at the interval.[3]

The composer's Wikipedia page.

Birtwistle's music is complex, written in a modernistic manner with a clear, distinctive voice, with sounds described as of "sonic brashness".[10]

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     Posted By: Paul - Mon Jul 31, 2023
     Category: Music | Avant Garde | Myths and Fairytales | 1960s

It's fine! If the original musical didn't go down well, it probably wasn't staged as well as this.

For other Punch And Judy weirdness, there was this pop tune about a woman being sexually harassed by a Punch puppet; maybe I learned about it on this blog? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJW9Nja3Vt8
Posted by Ed on 08/01/23 at 08:32 AM
I mean... it's Birtwhistle. You know what you're getting with Birtwhistle: incoherent, cacophonic shite. And guess what? That's exactly what this is.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/19/23 at 06:01 AM
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