Britten’s opera ‘Paul Bunyan’ gets first Boston performance at NEC
Stephen Lord gets emotional when he talks about Benjamin Britten's first opera, "Paul Bunyan." Lines spoken by the main character sum up for Lord a uniquely American quality: “Every day America's destroyed and recreated, America is what you do, America is I and you. America is what you choose to make it.” The opera is the first mainstage production for Lord since taking over the opera studies program at New England Conservatory in 2010. This is its first Boston performance.