English National Opera
Sunken Garden

by Michel van der Aa / David Mitchell

12 - 20 April 2013 / 19:30

£16 – 50

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Experience the world premiere of an occult mystery film-opera from composer, director and film-maker Michel van der Aa.

What connects the disappearance of a software engineer with a neurotic film-maker and a gullible patroness of the arts? Combining live performance, music, 2D and 3D film, Sunken Garden tells the story of a missing person and those who are searching for him.

English National Opera comes to the Barbican for this brand new collaboration with libretto by best-selling author David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas), and score by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, whose prize-winning music theatre piece After Life premiered here in 2010.

'His ability to fuse music, text and visual images into a totally organic whole sets him apart from nearly all his contemporaries' Guardian on Michel van der Aa

1 hour 50 mins/no interval

Performed in English

15 Apr, 5.15pm
Pre-show talk
with Michel van der Aa and Frank van der Weij (Technical Production Manager) in The Fountain Room
Hosted by BBC journalist and broadcaster Christopher Cook
£5 (£2.50 concs) Call box office to book

Composed and directed by Michel van der Aa
Libretto by David Mitchell
Designed by Theun Mosk
Conducted by André de Ridder

Cast includes Roderick Williams, Katherine Manley, Claron McFadden, Jonathan McGovern and Kate Miller-Heidke

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Part of All classical music events - 2012–2013 season


Co-commissioned by English National Opera and the Barbican, Luminato Festival and Opéra National de Lyon

Co-produced by lead co-producers English National Opera, Opéra National de Lyon, Luminato Festival, and associate co-producer, Holland Festival

New production supported by Ammodo Foundation, Columbia Foundation, The Hinrichsen Foundation, Société Gavigniès, ENO’s Contemporary Opera Group and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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