Death in Venice

Death in Venice(2009)©Neal Lippard

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Premiere of ENO/La Monnaie production:

May 24, 2007 English National Opera, London at The London Coliseum.

further performances

May 26, 31, June 2, 5, 7, 9, 13 2007

Theatre de la Monnaie, Brussels January 2009

Grand Theatre De La Ville, Luxembourg February 2009

La Scala, Milan March 5 – 17, 2011

creative Team


English National Opera (co-production with La Monnaie, Brussels)


Deborah Warner


Kim Brandstrup


Tom Pye

Lighting Design

Jean Kalman


Edward Gardner



Gustav von Ashenbach - Ian Bostridge
The Traveller - Peter Coleman-Wright

Dancers (ENO)

Tadzio - Benjamin Paul Griffiths
Nick Arnold
William J. Cassidy
Moses Fapohunda
Laurie Hughes
Dharmesh Patel
Olly Pike

Death in Venice

English National Opera
The London Coliseum, 24 May 2007

review Extracts

“Kim Brandstrup’s playfully gymnastic choreography, full of laddish wrestling and racing .…a celebration of youthful energy and joyous physicality..”

Richard Morrison, The Times May 26, 2007

"Kim Brandstrup’s choreography brings an effortless brilliance to the young boys’ games.”

Erica Jeal, The Guardian May 28, 2007

“I don’t think I have seen the dance element better handled than by Warner and her choreographer Kim Brandstrup, whose routines of organised athleticism in the Games of Apollo seem to emerge organically out of the youthful playfulness of Tadzio and friends.”

Hugh Canning, Sunday Times June 3, 2007

“The Games of Apollo..flawlessly choreographed by Kim Brandstrup.”

Anna Picard, The Independent on Sunday June 3, 2007

“The dancers define another mode of existence that Aschenbach longs to share, with Kim Brandstrup’s choreography matching Britten’s oriental sound world perfectly. All in all a great night for ENO, and for Britten.”

George Hall, The Stage May 25, 2007

Programme Note

Kim Brandstrup’s choreography for Deborah Warner’s new production of Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice for English National Opera was widely admired. The production, the Company's first-ever staging of Britten's last opera, had its Premiere at The London Coliseum on May 24, 2007, and was generally hailed as a triumphant success.

The choreography for the original production of Death in Venice in 1973 was by Frederick Ashton. Kim Brandstrup made the choreography for Colin Graham’s 1992 production for the Royal Opera House, which was also seen at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York in 1994.