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The world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Neil Gaiman’s much-loved story, in a production directed by Aletta Collins.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Coraline. It was last on stage 27 March—7 April 2018 as part of the WINTER 2017/18 season.

The Story

Coraline opens a mysterious door in her parents’ home to discover an Other World. It is inhabited by her Other Mother and Other Father, who have buttons instead of eyes. Everything seems better in the Other World – to start with, at least…

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Coraline is the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage. Turnage is one of today’s leading composers and a highly successful opera writer, acclaimed internationally for works including Greek, The Silver Tassie and Anna Nicole, his first Covent Garden commission. For Coraline, his second work for The Royal Opera, he adapts a much-loved story by Neil Gaiman – a British writer who has transformed the landscape of fantasy literature with his highly imaginative, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives.

Coraline is classic Gaiman: it is packed with astonishing imagery, all wrapped up in an engrossing yarn. After its publication in 2002 Coraline swept up numerous awards, including Nebula and Hugo awards for Best Novella. In 2009 it was adapted into a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick – which also received widespread acclaim. The world premiere of Turnage’s operatic adaptation is directed by Aletta Collins at the Barbican Theatre.