A truly international endeavour, 'Sunken Garden' will be a five-way co-production between English National Opera, Toronto Luminato Festival, Opera de Lyon, Holland Festival and London’s Barbican Centre.
The opera is the first collaboration between the composer and stage and film director Van der Aa, and the celebrated English novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas).
After One (2002), The Book of Disquiet (2008) and the acclaimed opera After Life (2005–2006), 'Sunken garden' is Van der Aa’s fourth work for music theatre. Like its predecessors it employs a distinctive combination of live action and video projections to tell its story, and for the first time includes 3D film.
'Sunken garden' will be given its world premiere by English National Opera on 12 April 2013 at the Barbican Theatre. It will be sung by Roderick Williams (baritone), Katherine Manley (soprano), Claron McFadden (soprano) and Jonathan McGovern (baritone). The performances in the UK and the Netherlands will be conducted by André de Ridder.
After seven performances in London, the opera will tour through 2013, 2014 and 2015, with performances at the Holland Festival (June 2013), Toronto Luminato Festival (June 2014) and Opera de Lyon (Spring 2015).