When his adored sister's death awakes him to a realisation of life's essential absurdity, the Roman emperor Caligula embarks upon an orgy of sexual depravity and sadistic cruelty in an apparently insane attempt to free himself from the shackles of mortality and morality. Based upon Albert Camus's existentialist response to the rise of Hitler and Stalin, but as topical as ever in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi, Detlev Glanert's 2006 opera - ?perhaps the finest German opera of the 21st century' (Tempo) - offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a decadent and dangerous dictatorship. Audacious young Australian director Benedict Andrews highlights the timeliness of the opera's themes by setting his UK premiere production in a football stadium, the kind of vast public arena within which dictators habitually play out their political games. New Production. Running time: 2hrs 30mins


Peter Coleman-Wright (Caligula), Yvonne Howard (Caesonia), Tamara Gura (Scipio), Brian Galliford (Mucius), Eddie Wade (Mereia/Lepidus), Julia Sporsen (Livia)


Music: Detlev Glanert
Producer: English National Opera
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
Director: Benedict Andrews
Design: Ralph Myers
Costume: Alice Babidge
Lighting: Jon Clark
Choreographer: Denni Sayers
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Caligula (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T01937169351. Details of all Caligula archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S227266584

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25 May 12
14 Jun 12
London Coliseum
West End
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