Tippi Hedren approves

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera

Marnie is coming to a television screen near you courtesy of PBS and Great Performances at The Met. The opera is based on Marnie, the 1961 novel by Winston Graham, which also provided the source material for the 1964 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.

The Met describes the production, which features striking costume and production designs, as a "gripping reimagining of Winston Graham's novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities." PBS offers a further synopsis, explaining that the opera "takes place in England, where the alluring Marnie pursues a life of crime and dishonesty by assuming new identities after stealing from her employers." Marnie's heists come to a halt when she's caught stealing from her new employer, Mark Rutland, and his company, Halcyon Printing. Opera-worthy drama ensues. Tippi Hedren, who played Marnie in the Hitchcock film, attended the opening of the new opera at The Met and even took a bow during the curtain call.

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Marnie premiered at The Metropolitan Opera in October 2018. It's composed by Nico Muhly—the composer's second new opera commissioned by The Met—with a libretto by Nicholas Wright. Marnie is directed by Michael Mayer, and Robert Spano conducts. The production stars American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the titular Marnie; British baritone Christopher Maltman is Mark Rutland, the man who manipulates her, and British countertenor Iestyn Davies is his brother, Terry Rutland. Scottish soprano Janis Kelly and American mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves also appear as Mrs. Rutland and Marnie's mother, respectively.

Tune in to Marnie on PBS at 9 p.m. on February 1, 2019 (check local listings to confirm) to see the thrilling story on stage. If you miss the broadcast, there's also an encore showing on PBS slated for Sunday, February 3, at 12 p.m.

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Will you tune in to this installment of Great Performances on PBS? What memorable performances would you like to see up next on PBS?