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The Angel Esmeralda

commissioned by Scottish Opera

Shot of burnt out car on a bronx street corner

Guildhall School presents the world premiere of a new opera commissioned by Scottish Opera, adapted from Don DeLillo’s short story with music by Lliam Paterson and libretto by Pamela Carter.

A mysterious girl witnessed clambering across the ruins of a South Bronx estate dies... or does she?

Composed by Guildhall alumnus Lliam Paterson – Former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Composer in Residence – this new opera is based on Don DeLillo’s captivating short story, described by the New York Times as “a dazzlingly told tale of despair and ruination, the dream of redemption and the testing of faith”.

Please note that this is an immersive opera experience, with a seating layout which offers a unique view of the action for each audience member.

This opera contains themes of death and violence which some people may find upsetting. Please contact Barbican Box Office if you would like more information.

Commissioned by Scottish Opera
Adapted from the short story by Don DeLillo

Promoted by Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The running time for this production is approx. 2 hours (including interval)


Students in possession of a valid Students' Union card, over 60s/OAPs, under 18s, Equity members and blind/visually impaired audience members and their guests.

£10 (subject to availability)

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*Excludes £3 booking fee
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