19 November 2013 at 10.49am | 1 Comment
The Royal Opera's production of George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's Written On Skin, directed by Katie Mitchell, has been nominated by a South Bank Sky Arts Award alongside Welsh National Youth Opera's Paul Bunyan and Aldeburgh Festival's Grimes on the Beach.
The opera had its UK premiere in March 2013 and tells the tale of a powerful Protector who commissions a young artist to create an illuminated book to celebrate his power. The book sparks the rebellion of the Protector’s submissive wife Agnès, setting the scene for an extraordinary act of revenge.
Though it draws on the 12th-century Occitan legend about the troubadour Guillaume de Cabestanh, Katie Mitchell's production gives the work a contemporary twist with mysterious 21st-century angels watching over the unfolding drama, and an inventive staging combining medieval and modern elements.
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the very best of British culture and achievement across the arts. Other nominees this year include the National Theatre's production of Othello and Headlong and the Almeida Theatre's co-production of Chimerica. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 27 January next year hosted by Melvyn Bragg.
The success of the opera has seen The Royal Opera commission a new full-length opera from Benjamin and Crimp. The as-yet-untitled opera will have its world premiere at Covent Garden in 2018.