World premiere of The Angel Esmeralda by Lliam Paterson takes place in London on February 24

The world premiere of The Angel Esmeralda, a new opera commissioned by Scottish Opera and composed by Lliam Paterson, is being presented by Guildhall School of Music & Drama from February 24.

Four performances of the opera will be staged at Silk Street Theatre in London. Adapted from Don DeLillo’s short story with a libretto by Pamela Carter, The Angel Esmeralda is conducted by Dominic Wheeler, Guildhall’s Head of Opera Studies, and Martin Lloyd-Evans directs.

Described by the New York Times as ‘a dazzlingly told tale of despair and ruination, the dream of redemption and the testing of faith’, the opera tells the story of a mysterious girl who dies when she enters the ruins of a South Bronx estate (or maybe she doesn’t).

Lliam, a Guildhall School alumnus, is the former Scottish Opera Composer in Residence, and during his time with the Company composed the acclaimed BambinO and Fox-tot! for babies and toddlers, and The 8th Door.

More information and tickets are available from the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891 or