Marnie (opera)

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Opera by Nico Muhly
LibrettistNicholas Wright
Based onMarnie
by Winston Graham
November 18, 2017 (2017-11-18)

Marnie is an opera by Nico Muhly to a libretto by Nicholas Wright based on the 1961 novel by Winston Graham.

Performance history[edit]

The opera was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera of New York and was first performed in a co-production of the Met and the English National Opera.[1][2] The production design, which employed video projections, was by Julian Crouch and 59 Productions, the costumes, by Arianne Phillips, and the stage lighting, by Kevin Adams.[1][3][4][5] The opera premiered at the English National Opera in London on November 18, 2017, and at the Met in New York on October 19, 2018, both directed by Michael Mayer.[1][6] The New York performances, conducted by Robert Spano (in his Met debut), featured Isabel Leonard (Marnie), Christopher Maltman (Mark Rutland), Iestyn Davies (Terry Rutland), Anthony Dean Griffey (Mr Strutt), Denyce Graves (Marnie's Mother), Ashley Emerson (Laura Fleet), Stacey Tappan (Dawn), Marie Te Hapuku (Miss Fedder), Ian Koziara (Derek).[6] The seventh and last performance of Marnie in the New York season was transmitted in high-definition video as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series.[7]


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 18 November 2017
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins[8][3]
Marnie mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke
Mark Rutland baritone Daniel Okulitch
Terry Rutland countertenor James Laing
Mrs Rutland soprano Lesley Garrett
Lucy soprano Diana Montague
Mr Strutt tenor Alasdair Elliott
Marnie's Mother contralto Kathleen Wilkinson
Laura Fleet soprano Eleanor Dennis
Malcolm Fleet tenor Matthew Durkan
Dr Roman bass Darren Jeffery
Dawn soprano  
Miss Fedder soprano  
Mrs Carby contralto  
Little Boy boy soprano  
Derek tenor  
Chorus (office workers, anxiety chorus, hunt riders, country club guests, funeral attendees)

Video recording[edit]

A recording of the Met performance of November 10, 2018, is available as an HD streaming video at Met Opera on Demand.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Marnie". ENO. 2017. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Woolfe, Zachary (November 22, 2017). "Review: Nico Muhly's Marnie Brings Hitchcock Into the 21st Century". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  3. ^ a b Production details, English National Opera
  4. ^ Park, Elena (October 17, 2018). "Nico Mulhy and Michael Mayer Make Marnie Sing at the Met". Playbill. Retrieved October 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Driscoll, F. Paul (January 2019). "Marnie New York City, The Metropolitan Opera, 10/19/18". Opera News. 8 (7). Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Marnie, October 19, 2019 (premiere), Metropolitan Opera Archive.
  7. ^ Marnie, November 10, 2019 (last night), Metropolitan Opera Archive.
  8. ^ Ashley, Tim (November 19, 2017). "Marnie review – Nico Muhly's psycho thriller sounds beautiful but fails to thrill". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "Marnie (November 10, 2018") at Met Opera on Demand. Retrieved July 20, 2019.

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