Based on Georg Kaiser's powerful play, the opera charts a day in the life of a lowly cashier who makes a snap decision to rob the bank where he works. After abandoning home and family he flees with the money, but his life hurtles towards disaster, happiness is elusive, and by midnight he is destroyed. World Premiere. Commissioned by English National Opera, supported by The Britten-Pears Foundation.Performers John Daszak (Cashier), Robert Poulton (Manager/Gentleman 3/Second Guest/Clerk), Kathryn Harries (Lady), Graeme Danby (Fat Man/Gentleman 5/Third Guest/Family Man), Mark Le Brocq (Gentleman 1/Racing Cyclist), Gail Pearson (Salvation Army Girl), Linda Kitchen (Daughter/Girl 1/Prostitute), Susan Bickley (Wife/Girl 2/Salvation Army Officer), Roderick Williams (Waiter/Gentleman 4), Fredrik Strid (First Guest/Gentleman 2).
Music David Sawer. Lyrics David Sawyer (after Kaiser). Company English National Opera. Conductor Martyn Brabbins. Director Richard Jones. Design Stewart Laing. Lighting Mimi-Jordan Sherrin.