April 09, 2013, 11:14 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- One of the first operas to make use of 3D film, Michel van der Aa's occult mystery film-opera, Sunken Garden, gets its world premiere at London's Barbican Centre on Friday 12th April and runs until Saturday 20th April 2013, and those planning to be among the first to see this brand new opera can book one of the London restaurants near to the Barbican and make a special night out of it.
In addition to the opera – a collaboration between the Dutch composer, director and film-maker and ‘Cloud Atlas' author David Mitchell, and performed by the English National Opera – there's a chance to meet Michel van der Aa on Monday 15th April. Audiences can buy tickets to the pre-show talk, hosted by BBC journalist and broadcaster Christopher Cook.
There's plenty more for opera fans to look forward to in London this spring when Placido Domingo takes on the title role at the Royal Opera House's current production of Nabucco from Monday 15th April. Tickets have already sold out for the performances when he'll be joining the superb soprano, Liudmyla Monastryrska. The production, a celebration of Verdi's bicentenary in conjunction with La Scala, Milan, continues until Friday 26th April 2013.
Also at the Royal Opera – where Alex Beard, formerly deputy director of the Tate, takes over as the new chief executive House this month – David McVicar's beautiful staging of Mozart's ‘Die Zauberflöte', first seen in 2003, is revived, from Tuesday 16th April to Thursday 9th May 2013.
At a more grass roots level, Pop-Up Opera, a company whose mission is to bring “real opera to new places and new audiences”, bring opera to some more unusual London locations including the Brunel Museum (Saturday 20th April and Saturday 11th May), the famous White Horse pub in Parsons Green (Wednesday 17th April) and Battersea Barge (Wednesday 24th April 2013).
A new production of Wozzeck, by acclaimed director Carrie Cracknell, runs for two weeks from Saturday 11th to Saturday 25th May at the London Coliseum where the UK premiere of Philip Glass's ‘The Perfect American', begins on Saturday 1st June. The most hotly anticipated highlight of the summer, the opera based on Peter Stephan Jungk's fictionalised account of the final days of Walt Disney was first performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid in January.
It's fitting that, in Benjamin Britten's centenary year, the English National Opera is staging his much admired final opera ‘Death in Venice '. Deborah Warner's production was well received when it was first seen in 2007 and is revived at the London Coliseum in June.
Summer also sees the return of the hugely popular Opera Holland Park series which opens on Tuesday 4th June 2013 with the well-known double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Conductor Stuart Stratford teams up with Oliver award winning director Lindsay Posner to stage a new production, creating a promisingly strong start to the Opera Holland Park season – the pair previously won a Whatsonstage.com award for ‘Best New Production' for Rigoletto in 2011.
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