The ENO’s Music Director opens the season with Martinů’s Julietta
Edward Gardner kicks off the English National Opera’s 2012/13 season with Richard Jones’ visually stunning production of Julietta, Martinů’s rarely performed masterpiece.
Edward will work with Jones for the first time since their acclaimed collaboration on Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci. The breathtaking stage design is an innovative interpretation of Julietta’s dream-like world that Martinů based on the surrealist play by Georges Neveux, Juliette, ou La clé des songes (Juliette, or The Key of Dreams).
A relatively unknown opera, Julietta tells the story of a travelling salesman, Michel, and his journey to find a woman whose voice he once heard in the wilderness. When he finds her, it is not clear whether the woman, Julietta, is real or a product of his imagination. At the “Central Office of Dreams”, Michel is warned that if he does not wake up, he will be trapped in the surreal world forever–where nobody can remember the past, and the boundaries of reality and imagination are forever blurred.
Edward speaks about the production here.
Julietta opens at the London Coliseum on 17 September for 6 performances: September 17, 22, 27 & October 2, 3 at 7.30pm and September 29 at 6.30pm.