George Benjamin - Written on Skin (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1125D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 6th January 2014
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
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 fairy tale, 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.
- Protector: Christopher Purves
- Agnès: Barbara Hannigan
- First Angel/Boy: Bejun Mehta
- Second Angel/Marie: Victoria Simmonds
- Third Angel/John: Allan Clayton
Director: Katie Mitchell
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, March 2013
"Magic and irresistible ... It is the best opera written over the last twenty years." - Le Monde
"Written on Skin is close to being a masterpiece." - Le Figaro
Extra features: Interview with George Benjamin, Introduction to Written on Skin and a Cast gallery.
Running time: 89 minutes
Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
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