The Dead City (Die tote Stadt)
Author(s): Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Company: English National Opera
Annilese Miskimmon (the ENO’s Artistic Director) directs the new production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s The Dead City (Die tote Stadt), sung in English with a new translation by Kelley Rourke.
Composed in 1920 post-war Europe, Korngold’s cult classic opera is a psychological exploration of loss.
Grieving for his wife Marie, Paul shuts himself away in their home fixated on her memory, until an encounter with her doppelgänger turns the world on its head as he grapples with the blurred boundaries between his memories and newfound desires.