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Saving a beautiful, habitual liar and thief

Isabel Leonard stars as the mysterious Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is Mark Rutland, the man who pursues her. Photo: Vincent Peters/Met Opera

Isabel Leonard stars as the mysterious Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is Mark Rutland, the man who pursues her. Photo: Vincent Peters/Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Marnie, composer Nico Muhly’s gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, will be screened at Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, Valletta, tomorrow at 7pm.

The opera, set in the 1950s, is about a beautiful, mysterious young woman, Marnie Edgar, a habitual liar and a thief, who assumes multiple identities to get jobs as a secretary and after a few months robs the firms in question, usually of several thousand dollars.

When she gets a job at Rutland’s, she also catches the eye of the handsome owner, Mark Rutland. He prevents her from stealing and running off, as is her usual pattern, but also forces her to marry him. Their honeymoon is a disaster as she cannot stand to have a man touch her, and on their return home, he has a private detective look into her past.

When he has the details of what happened in her childhood to make her what she is, he arranges a confrontation with her mother, realising that reliving the terrible events that occurred in her childhood and bringing out those repressed memories is the only way to save her.

Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock.

It stars mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her. Robert Spano conducts.

The Met Opera’s production of Marnie will be screened at Spazju Kreattiv Cinema, Valletta, tomorrow at 7pm, and on Sunday, December 30 at 2.30pm. For bookings, visit https://ticketenginex.kreattivita.org/?eventname=MET+Encore+Marnie .

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