• Nico Muhly
  • Marnie (2017)

  • St. Rose Music Publishing (World)

Commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera

Opera in two acts

  • 3(2pic.afl).2(ca).3(ebcl.bcl).2(2cbsn)/4.3(pictpt).2+btbn.1/timp.4perc/hp.pf(cel)/str
  • Chorus: Office workers, Anxiety chorus, Hunt riders, Country Club guests, Funeral attendees, Marnie’s other personae
  • Baritone, Bass, Boy Soprano, 2 Contraltos, Countertenor, Mezzo Soprano, 5 Sopranos, 3 Tenors
  • 2 hr
  • Nicholas Wright
  • English
    • 3rd February 2023, Theater Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    • 24th February 2023, Theater Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
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Programme Note

CAST

Marnie, mezzo-soprano
Mark Rutland, baritone
Terry Rutland, countertenor
Mr. Strutt, tenor
Marnie's mother. contralto
Mrs. Rutland, coloratura soprano
Dr. Roman, bass
Laura Fleet, soprano
Malcolm Fleet, tenor
Dawn (Halcyon Printing secretary), soprano
Miss Fedder (Halcyon Printing superintendent), soprano
Mrs. Carby (Halcyon Printing assistant), contralto
Lucy (Marnie’s Mother’s neighbour), soprano
Little Boy (at Marnie’s Mother’s house), boy soprano
Derek, tenor

Chorus (Office workers, Anxiety chorus, Hunt riders, Country Club guests, Funeral attendees, Marnie’s other personae)


SYNOPSIS
Set in late 1950s England, Winston Graham’s novel was immortalised by the Hitchcock movie, which, despite its changes to a number of features of the original, restored in Nico Muhly’s opera, is the prism through which we inevitably see the action. Marnie is a deeply troubled young woman robbing from her employers and changing identity to stay one jump ahead of the law. She is eventually found out by Mark who, threatening to expose her crime, forces her into an initially loveless marriage but has the power to make her confront a past of which her damaged life has been the result.



Scores

Act I
Act II
Vocal Score

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