World premiere of this multimedia-opera from Michel van der Aa
Performed at The Barbican
Watch the first teaser film– have you seen Marinus?
Interview with Director, Composer and
Film-Maker Michel van der Aa.
A world premiere and a brand new collaboration with the Barbican, Sunken Garden tells a multi-layered story of a missing person and those who are searching for him. What connects the disappearance of a software engineer, a neurotic film-maker and a gullible patroness of the arts? This new film-opera explores hoax and dark truth, with a libretto from Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell.
Composer, director and film-maker Michel van der Aa makes his ENO debut with this enthralling multimedia ‘occult mystery’, combining live performance, music, 2D and 3D film. Van der Aa’s technique of mixing live and recorded images and sounds have won him great international acclaim, with The Guardian praising him for ‘his ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole’. His prize-winning music theatre piece After Life premiered at the Barbican in 2010.
Baritone Roderick Williams takes the main role, conducted by ENO guest André de Ridder.
Apr 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20 at 7.30pm
7 performances. Running time: 1hr 40mins approx (no interval)
Pre-performance talk, Mon Apr 15, 5.15–6.00pm, £5/£2.50 concs
Tickets £50-£16. Tickets only available from the Barbican Box Office – www.barbican.org.uk or 0845 120 7511 (booking fees apply). Public booking opens October 22
Please note: Sunken Garden does not form part of ENO Subscription.
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