The new opera Marnie opened October 19 at the Metropolitan Opera, where performances will continue through November 10, marking the North American premiere of composer Nico Muhly and librettist Nicholas Wright's haunting piece.
Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (currently represented on Broadway with Head Over Heels) directs the production, which debuted at English National Opera last year; he is also set to helm the Met's new production of La Traviata later this season.
In addition to Leonard, the cast includes Christopher Maltman as Mark Rutland, Iestyn Davies (Farinelli and the King) as Terry Rutland, Janis Kelly as Mrs. Rutland, and Denyce Graves as Marnie's Mother. Robert Spano conducts.
The creative team also includes costume design by Arianne Phillips, set and projection design by Julian Crouch and 59 Productions, lighting design by Kevin Adams, choreograhy by Lynne Page, and dramaturg Paul Cremo.
Inspired by the Winston Graham novel (which was also adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock), the opera follows a young woman in the 1950s who assumes multiple identities, building upon layers of deceit and stealth as she flees from a mysterious past trauma.