When Written on Skin had its premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, conducted by George Benjamin himself, it received a standing ovation. The opera's arrival at Covent Garden in 2013 was eagerly anticipated, and provided audiences with the opportunity to experience the work of two of Britain's greatest living artists. Benjamin previously collaborated with playwright Martin Crimp on Into the Little Hill, a magical retelling of the Pied Piper fairytale, and for this new work they joined forces with acclaimed stage director Katie Mitchell. For all three, the production marked their main-stage debut at the Royal Opera House.
The tale, inspired by a medieval legend, tells of an ill-fated troubadour, drawn into a liaison with an innocent maiden. But they are observed by the jealous eye of her protector, who wreaks a shocking revenge on the young couple.
Composer: George Benjamin Text: Martin Crimp The Protector: Christopher Purves Agnès: Barbara Hannigan Angel 1/The Boy: Bejun Mehta Angel 2/Marie: Victoria Simmonds Angel 3/John: Allan Clayton Angel Archivists: David Alexander, Laura Harling, Peter Hobday, Sarah Northgraves
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Co-Concert Master: Sergey Levitin Conductor: George Benjamin Director: Katie Mitchell Designs: Vicki Mortimer Lighting design: Jon Clark
Plus: Extra features: Interview with George Benjamin, Introduction to Written on Skin and a Cast gallery.
Picture: 1:2:35 Cinemascope Sound: 2.0 LPCM Stereo/ DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JA Region code: All Regions Format: NTSC Running Time: 90+8 mins Recorded: 2013
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