Set in England during the late 1950's Marnie follows our eponymous protagonist, a liar, thief and cheat on a forked road between self-realisation and self-destruction. Leaping between embezzling employers, swapping identities and skipping towns, Marnie is eventually stopped in her tracks by a sharp eyed boss who forces her into a constrained and loveless marriage. Backed into a corner, Marnie is driven to confront her deamons from her past.
Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his UK opera debut with the piece that contrasts the main character’s claustrophobic circumstances with her twisted internal psyche through beautiful yet heart-breaking melodies. He is supported by ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins, who conducts the exciting and visceral soundscape of the piece.
Grammy Award-winning mezzo Sasha Cooke sings the title role, whilst acclaimed Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch sings the part of Marnie’s devious employer, Mark Rutland. The cast also includes the much-loved ENO favourite Lesley Garrett, who most recently delivered a critically-acclaimed performance in 2016’s world premiere of Mark Simpson’s opera Pleasure with Opera North.
They are supported by an incredible ENO cast, including James Laing, Diana Montague, Alasdair Elliott, Kathleen Wilkinson, Eleanor Dennis, Matthew Durkan, Darren Jeffery.
The compelling, modern visual style of the piece will be orchestrated by costumer designer Arianne Phillips, lighting designer Kevin Adams, with Julian Crouch and 59 Productions Ltd coordinating set and projection design. The evocative movement of the piece will be choreographed by movement director Lynne Page.
ENO’s thrilling modern compositions are a consistent highlight of their diverse programme and Marnie’s compelling psychological story line is no exception. Marnie plays a limited run of 5 performances at the London Coliseum between the 18th to 30th November 2017.
Recommended forModern compositions are a rare and welcome treat for opera fans, those seeking a visceral musical odyssey should not miss the opportunity to catch Marnie.
Age Recommendations: No children under 5 years old