New semi-staged version of Sunken Garden

At The Royal Concertgebouw on 21 October 2017 a new version of the opera Sunken Garden by Michel van der Aa was performed. The opera was re-staged after being revised in 2015 and this time it was semi-staged. Because this version, which is suitable for concert halls, was performed without stage scenery, lighting was redesigned.

The singers performed in front of a large video projection screen on which the ‘sunken garden’, devised by David Mitchel, is projected in 3D.

In order to properly light the singers, no traditional followspots were used because they would illuminate the projection screen and thereby disturb the 3D illusion. For the first time in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the FollowMe system was used, which transforms any moving light to a proper followspot. As a result, the lighting angles for followspots were ideal and the faces of the singers could be illuminated almost unnoticed.

Toby – Roderick Williams
Zenna – Katherine Manley
Iris Marinus – Claron McFadden
Amber – Kate Miller-Heidke
Simon Vines – Jonathan McGovern

Actors (film) – Harriet Dobby, Alwyne Taylor, Stephen Henry, Caroline Jay, Joanna Bond, Yiftach Mizrahi

Libretto – David Mitchell
Film and stage director – Michel van der Aa
Lighting design – Floriaan Ganzevoort
Technical producer – Siemen van der Werf

Conductor – André de Ridder
Orchestra – Amsterdam Sinfonietta