The Opera ‘Caligula’

December 17, 2012 · Print This Article

In April 2012 we worked on a project for The English National Opera ‘ENO’ in London to gold plate an AK47 for their new upcoming opera ‘Caligula’ which opened on Friday the 25 May 2012.

Caligula, also known as Gaius (meaning ‘little soldier’s boot’), was Roman Emperor from 37 AD to 41 AD. Surviving sources on Caligula’s reign centre upon his cruelty, extravagance, and sexual perversity, suggesting he was an insane tyrant. On one occasion whilst presiding over games, he ordered his guards to throw a complete section of the crowd into the arena to be eaten alive by animals due to the fact that there were no criminals to be prosecuted and he was bored. Caligula later became the first Roman emperor to be assassinated in early 41 AD.

Caligula offers a disturbing insight into the self-destructive logic driving a self-indulgent and dangerous dictatorship in the era of Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi.

Gold Plated AK47
The gold plated Kalashnikov used in the opera ‘Caligula’ can be seen during a performance in the images above and below.

Gold Plated Caligula AK47

The AK47 was delivered to us and gold plated in April 2012.

The English National Opera stage more new productions and contemporary opera than any other opera company in the United Kingdom. Having a world class reputation for distinctive and theatrical productions has also resulted in many high profile partnerships with opera houses from around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Browse the ENO website to see their latest upcoming productions.

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Photos by Johan Perrson used by kind permission of the ENO.


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