The Cloak and Dagger Affair

after Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín by Federico García Lorca


Wednesday 8th August at 19:40

RADA Studio Theatre, Chenies Street, London WC1E 7EX


part of the Tête à Tête Festival 2018



Lorca's play-turned-opera: sublime and ridiculous? 


Don Perlimplín has a young wife who's smitten by a mysterious stranger in a red cloak. Will Belisa be unfaithful? And why is Perlimplín so excited? With music that is a reincarnation of the bel canto style and a production that challenges ideas of love and lust, gender and identity, The Music Troupe presents a true chamber opera which is both tragic and surreal. Based on Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín by Lorca, nothing is quite what it seems in the dysfunctional playboy mansion…


Fleur de Bray (soprano) as Belisa

Andrew Greenan (bass) as Perlimplín

Kate Howden (mezzo-soprano) as Marcolfo

Thomas Payne (conductor)

Jaered Glavin (director)

Federico García Lorca (words)

Edward Lambert (music)


The Cloak and Dagger Affair is a 'danced opera' whose harmonic sound-world and busy rhythms take their cue from the sonatas of Scarlatti which Lorca wanted as incidental music to his play. 

Some adult content. In English and Spanish. About 40 minutes.


Andrew Greenan (Don Perlimplín) was a Choral Scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, and studied with John Cameron at the Royal Northern College of Music. In the UK he has had a long association with English National Opera and has performed extensively elsewhere including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: New York Metropolitan Opera: Hamburg, Paris, Vienna Volksoper, Bordeaux, Brussels, Lyon, Geneva, San Francisco, Seattle, Tel Aviv, Wexford, and Prague National Theatre. Recently he has sung Mozart Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall, Commendatore Don Giovanni for Angers-Nantes Opéra, Verdi Requiem in King's College, Cambridge, Hans Sachs Die Meistersinger, Wotan Die Walküre and Der Wanderer Siegfried at Saffron Hall and Swallow Peter Grimes with the Bergen Philharmonic at both the Bergen and Edinburgh Festivals, and most recently in Valencia. He was also seen as Ghost of Old Hamlet/Gravedigger/Player King at Glyndebourne in the inaugural production of Brett Dean's Hamlet.


Fleur de Bray (Belisa) trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and Wales International Academy of Voice. A versatile musician and composer of contemporary music, she also holds degrees from Cardiff University. Roles include Zerlina (Longborough Festival Opera), Musetta and Queen of the Night (Opera Up Close), Bottle/Victorian/Duchess in Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Opera House and Opera Holland Park), Clorinda in La Cenerentola (OHP), Le Feu in L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges, Cunegonde in Candide, and Katherina Cavalieri in Amadeus (National Theatre). She is no stranger to the Tete a Tete Festival…


Kate Howden (Marcolfo) studied at Trinity Laban, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. Recent roles include the title role in both Massenet and Isouard’s Cendrillon. She performed the eponymous role in a scene from Massenet’s Cendrillon in the ROH Jette Parker showcase 2017. Soloist performances include concerts at the Canberra International Music Festival, Turnage's Twice Through the Heart and a worldwide tour of Circa’s Il Ritorno. Future plans include reprising Cendrillon at St John’s Smith Square in September and Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress with the Gothenburg Symphony, conducted by Barbara Hannigan.


Thomas Payne (conductor) studied violin at Birmingham Conservatoire and was recently chorus master for Tristan und Isolde, Der fliegende Holländer and Fidelio for Longborough Festival Opera. Also assistant conductor on English Eccentrics for British Youth Opera, conducting Southbank Sinfonia for the cover performance. He has conducted a number of new works including James Oldham’s Off the Beaten Track and Bastien and Bastienne, and Ulf Deither Soyka’s Ninya. For Birmingham Royal Ballet he was assistant conductor on The Nutcracker, Theme and Variations, The King Dances and Enigma Variations. He is Musical Director of Leamington Sinfonia and The Ludlow Orchestra as well as a guest conductor with Sinfonia of Birmingham and Orchestra Vitae. He is also Musical Director of Shrewsbury Cantata choir and co-conductor for Hereford String Orchestra.