The Cloak and Dagger Affair
after Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín by Federico García Lorca
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.
first performed as part of the Tête à Tête Festival August 2018
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 (piano)
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.