Ian McEwan plans opera version of ‘Atonement’
LONDON – It was a book, then an award-winning film. Now Ian McEwan’s “Atonement” is to become an opera.
McEwan says he is working on an adaptation with composer Michael Berkeley and poet Craig Raine, who will write the libretto.
McEwan told Friday’s Times newspaper he wanted it to be on a grand scale, saying “it’s not a chamber piece, that’s for sure.”
“Atonement” travels from an English country house to World War II France and centers on a love affair doomed by a child’s misunderstanding.
Berkeley said the book’s themes of yearning and thwarted love were “very operatic.”
The 2001 novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A 2007 film adaptation starring Keira Knightley was nominated for seven Oscars and won one, for music.
The newspaper said opera houses in England, Germany and the U.S. are in talks about co-producing the piece for a possible 2013 premiere.