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Higglety Pigglety Pop! is the second of Knussen’s two extraordinary fantasy operas created in collaboration with the acclaimed author Maurice Sendak. Composed between 1984-5 but finding its final form, after a number of substantial revisions, in 1999, the opera – subtitled ‘There Must be More to Life’ – is the story of a well-fed Sealyham terrier, Jennie, who escapes boredom to become prima donna of the Mother Goose World Theatre. Brimming with invention, this hour-long work culminates in a witty opera-within-an-opera, complete with a lopsided – and slightly screwy – overture after Mozart, absurdly abrupt changes of tone and gear, and numerous madcap false endings.