ENO to stage world premiere of Michel van der Aa’s 3D film-opera, Sunken Garden
Published: 24 April 2012
Category: Tours & Projects
Intermusica is delighted to announce the world premiere of Michel van der Aa’s 3D film-opera, Sunken Garden. The film-opera, with libretto by acclaimed British novelist David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas), will be given its world premiere on 12 April 2013 at the Barbican Theatre, produced by English National Opera. This opera follows the huge success of van der Aa’s other multimedia projects After Life (2006), The Book of Disquiet (2008) and Up-close (2010) with cellist Sol Gabetta.
What connects the disappearances of a software engineer and a glamorous young socialite with a neurotic film-maker of dubious credentials and a gullible patroness of the arts? What is the unfolding crime and who is the criminal? Are their shared dreams of a walled garden between life and death – a place where guilt and grief cannot enter – just dreams, or might such a garden be real? And if so, what is the true price of entry?
Dealing in bright hoax and dark truth, in patronage and manipulation, in the virtual and the bodily, in the isolation of the broadband age, in the primal impulse to cheat mortality at any cost, Sunken garden is an occult-mystery film-opera, which combines state-of-the-art 3D film projection, integrated with live action on stage. It will be sung by Roderick Williams (baritone), Katherine Manley (soprano), Claron McFadden (soprano) and Jonathan McGovern (baritone).
Co-producers confirmed for Sunken Garden also include Holland Festival; Luminato Festival, Toronto and Lyon Opera.
Watch the ENO trailer for its new season (jump to 2:29 for van der Aa's Sunken Garden):