Written on Skin
Until Fri Mar 22
Not yet rated
Time Out says
Tue Jan 22 2013
George Benjamin conducts his latest opera (another collaboration with playwright Martin Crimp), which draws on a twelfth-century Occitan legend about the troubadour Guillaume de Cabestanh. The story's enduring themes of love, passion and violence are given a very contemporary twist: mysterious twenty-first-century angels watch over the enfolding drama.
Starring Barbara Hannigan (Agnès), Christopher Purves (Protector), Bejun Mehta (First Angel/Boy), Victoria Simmonds (Second Angel/Marie) and Allan Clayton (Third Angel/John).
Director Katie Mitchell's inventive staging combines ancient and modern elements, while Benjamin harnesses an array of diverse instruments – including glass harmonica, cowbells and mandolins – in a strikingly beautiful and rich score. (Sung in English.)
(Note: at 7.30pm on Thur Feb 21, George Benjamin and Martin Crimp, plus members of the cast and production team, explore this new opera. Clore Studio UPstairs, £17 – students £7.)