Now Marnie's story is told in opera, the work of Nico Muhly, the brilliant young American composer. His last work for English National Opera, Two Boys, was set in the twilight world of social media. Marnie has the same potential for light and shade: outwardly, explains Muhly, the unlikely cheat is beautiful, charming and poised. But inwardly she is 'more jagged and angular'.
In the title role of this premiere production is the impressive American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, with the Canadian baritone Daniel Okulitch as Mark Rutland, the boss who rumbles her and blackmails her into marrying him. Other parts are sung by favourite singers from the British opera stage, including Lesley Garrett as Rutland's mother, soprano Diana Montague, tenor Alasdair Elliott and baritone Darren Jeffrey.
Martyn Brabbins conducts the orchestra and chorus of English National Opera, and the director of this co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, is Michael Mayer, the man behind many Broadway musicals, who cut his teeth on opera with Verdi's Rigoletto, also at the Met.
With Muhly's consummate musicianship, lively intellect and sense of drama, Marnie promises to be a very good opera indeed.
Marnie is sung in English with English surtitles. Booking opens on 24 May.
|What||Marnie, English National Opera|
English National Opera
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES | MAP
|Nearest tube||Embankment (underground)|
18 Nov 17 – 03 Dec 17, times vary; five performances, running time TBC
|Price||£12 - £99|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|