The Music Troupe adapts a Lorca play for the Tête-à-Tête Festival.
“An erotic lace-paper valentine in a prologue and three scenes" was Federico Garcia Lorca’s subtitle for a play he wrote in 1928 The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden. A riff on the traditional plot device of young wives and elderly husbands, it has inspired a number of operatic versions. The Music Troupe’s reincarnation of it as a bel canto chamber opera The Cloak and Dagger Affair by composer Edward Lambert challenges ideas of love and lust, gender and identity and asks: Can opera be both sublime and ridiculous?
Don Perlimplín has a young wife. Does Belisa really care for him despite being unfaithful? She’s smitten by a mysterious stranger in a red cloak seen in the garden. Why isn’t Perlimplín jealous? Nothing is quite what it seems in the dysfunctional playboy mansion.
The Music Troupe’s new opera The Cloak and Dagger Affair by Edward Lambert (words by Federico Garcia Lorca) is at the RADA Studios hosted by Tête-à-tête: The Opera Festival on August 8.