27 February 2013 at 2.55pm | Comment on this article
Katie Mitchell’s production of George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s dark and passionate opera Written on Skin opens in Covent Garden on 8 March.
The production, which features a 60-piece orchestra, a cast of five acclaimed singers (including Christopher Purves and Barbara Hannigan) and a dark, dramatic staging, is hotly anticipated following a standing ovation at its premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
Powerful, impassioned and fiercely dramatic, Written on Skin is based on an 800-year-old fable called Le Coeur Mangé (The Eaten Heart).'It's about an autocratic, powerful, potentially violent protector' explained composer George Benjamin in an interview with the Guardian.
Benjamin is a key contributor to BBC Four's series about 20th century music, The Sound and the Fury, and previously collaborated with author Martin Crimp for his first opera Into the Little Hill, which had its London premiere at the Royal Opera House in 2009.
'It’s having such an interesting and provocative and structural and imaginative person to work with that has released my composition,' explained Benjamin when asked about working with Crimp. 'He multiplies my speed of composition by eight times!'
Listen to a recording of the opera in full, available to buy on CD via the Royal Opera House Shop: