Music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold; Based on a translation by Kelley Rourke

The Dead City

Die tote Stadt
Can true love last forever?

Paul is haunted by visions of his deceased wife, Marie. But when he meets the all-too-familiar Marietta, the lines between past and present blur, and reality itself is called into question. Moving on is impossible when presented with the implausible.

Based on Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte, the lines of remembrance and obsession are closer than you’d think, in the dark recesses of The Dead City.

Annilese Miskimmon, ENO Artistic Director, follows her ENO directorial debut of 2022’s The Handmaid’s Tale with Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s cult classic opera, Die Tote Stadt. Rolf Romei returns to the role of Paul, alongside Allison Oakes who takes the dual roles of the deceased Marie and her doppelgänger, Marietta. Sarah Connolly plays the housekeeper, Brigitta, and Kirill Karabits makes his return to the London Coliseum conducting Korngold’s dynamic and exciting score.

Walk the fine line between life and death – book your opera tickets for Korngold’s The Dead City now.

Supported by Jake & Helene-Marie Shafran, Patti and George White, the English National Opera Trust, Graham & Amanda Hutton, Gareth Hadley, John & Linde Wotton, Ralph Kanza, Sue Sheridan, Kate Olver and Jeremy Young, Sir Alan Moses, Frances Tait and Judith & Adrian Dunn

'Brilliantly conducted by Kirill Karabits, with excellent playing from the ENO orchestra'

The Times

'The playing and choral singing are first rate'

The Guardian


The Telegraph

Running Time
2hrs 50mins

We have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.25 booking fee per ticket. A maximum of £9.75 per transaction is charged for Multi-Buy Packages.
Sung in English. Our surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Please be aware that this production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.

For more information, please contact the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

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