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 next generation is looking to buy their vegetables at a farmers' market, not a supermarket. They want that taste, that crunch, that flavour. I think they're looking for more intimate musical experiences where you're close enough to taste the quality of the work. Opera can operate on many different levels, for many different metabolisms and on many different social scales and that diversity is a very good thing." Peter Sellars, The Independent, 26/02/2015

photos: Claire Shovelton

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