Erich Wolfgang Korngold

The Dead City

Die tote Stadt
Can true love last forever?

25 Mar–8 Apr 2023

Recently bereaved, 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.

We would like to acknowledge our thanks to Graham and Amanda Hutton for their generous philanthropic support of the production as Role Production Supporter, in support of Dame Sarah Connolly.

Running Time
2hrs 40mins
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.

Age guidance: 12+

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Discover The Dead City

The Dead City Creative Team 2023

Kirill Karabits


Annilese Miskimmon


Miriam Beuther

Set Designer

James Farncombe

Lighting Designer

Kelley Rourke


Imogen Knight

Movement Director & Intimacy Coordinator

Nicky Gillibrand

Costume Designer

The Dead City Cast 2023

Rolf Romei


Allison Oakes


Audun Iversen


Hubert Francis

Graf Albert