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Sunken Garden

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An occult mystery opera, combining music, text and visual images including one of opera's first uses of 3D film. Read More >

Experience an occult mystery opera, combining music, text and visual images including one of opera’s first uses of 3D film.

This film-opera follows a missing person and those who are searching for him… what connects the disappearance of a software engineer with a neurotic film-maker and a gullible patroness of the arts? Explore hoax and dark truth in this multi-layered production.

English National Opera comes to the Barbican for this brand new collaboration, a world premiere 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.



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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 12/04/2013

Closing Night: 20/04/2013

Running time: 1h50

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Cast & Creative


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


Director - Michel van der Aa

Producer - English National Opera

Designer - Theun Mosk

Conductor - André de Ridder

Lyrics By - David Mitchell

Music By - Michel van der Aa

About Barbican Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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