Coraline is the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage. Turnage is one of today’s leading composers and a highly successful, internationally acclaimed opera writer.
For Coraline, his second work for The Royal Opera, he adapts a much-loved story by Neil Gaiman – a British writer who has transformed the landscape of fantasy literature with his highly imaginative, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives.
Coraline is classic Gaiman: it is packed with astonishing imagery, all wrapped up in an engrossing yarn. After its publication in 2002 Coraline swept up numerous awards, including Nebula and Hugo awards for Best Novella. In 2009 it was adapted into a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick – which also received widespread acclaim.
The world premiere of Turnage’s operatic adaptation is directed by Aletta Collins at the Barbican Theatre featuring Britten Sinfonia performing the music.
The performance 7 April will be recorded for broadcast on 21 April by BBC Radio 3.
Mary Bevan* / Robyn Allegra Parton^ Coraline
Kitty Whately Mother / Other Mother
Richard Burkhard Father / Other Father
Gillian Keith Miss Spink / Ghost Child 1
Frances McCafferty Miss Forcible
Harry Nicoll Mr Bobo / Ghost Child 2
Dominic Sedgwick Ghost Child 3
* 27 Mar – 2pm, 29 Mar – 7pm, 31 Mar – 2pm, 3 Apr – 7pm, 5 Apr – 7pm, 7 Apr – 7pm
^ 31 Mar – 7pm, 4 Apr – 7pm, 7 Apr – 2pm
Coraline is a Royal Opera House co-production with Folkoperan, Opéra de Lille, Theater Freiburg and Victorian Opera
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