More and more librettos of new operas are informed by great cinematic works, as exemplified by Marnie by American composer and arranger Nico Muhly. The opera is based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 thriller, which was in turn inspired by a Winston Graham novel. Marnie Edgar is a beautiful thief, who begins an affair with Mark Rutland. Although the man knows her true identity and was also robbed by her, he decides to help the woman. The pair get married, but Marnie’s troubled past, blackmail and self-destructive behaviour mean that a happy ending is impossible. The Met premiere will be a co-production with the English National Opera, which staged Marnie in 2017 for the first time in the world.
conductor: Robert Spano
libretto: Nicholas Wright
production: Michael Mayer
set & projection designers: Julian Crouch i 59 Productions
costume designer: Arianne Phillips
lighting designer: Kevin Adams
cast: Isabel Leonard as Marnie, Janis Kelly as Pani Rutland, Denyce Graves as Marnie’s Mother, Iestyn Davies as Terry Rutland, Christopher Maltman as Mark Rutland