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 playing and choral singing are first rate'