Written on Skin

Music, Classical and opera
4 out of 5 stars
Anthony Roth Constanzo stars in Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia
Photograph: Talarico

Last year’s O17 Festival established Opera Philadelphia as one of the world’s go-to companies for ambitious new work. Up next is George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s hugely acclaimed, spellbinding new opera, set in the 13th century but very much of our own musical time. Called a “thrilling portrait of godliness and lust,” the local premiere transports you to the world of a wealthy landowner who employs a young artist who ends up in an affair with his wife. A choir of angels hovers above as the harrowing story unfolds to expose the sometimes treacherous cruelty of a man scorned by love. Written on Skin features an exceptional cast, including Met rising star Anthony Roth Costanzo.

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