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opera George Benjamin's Written On Skin

George Benjamin (conductor), Katie Mitchell (stage director) – With Christopher Purves (The Protector), Barbara Hannigan (Agnès)...

George Benjamin's Written On Skin George Benjamin (conductor), Katie Mitchell (stage director) – With Christopher Purves (The Protector), Barbara Hannigan (Agnès)...

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With George Benjamin conducting, Barbara Hannigan as Agnès, Christopher Purves as the landowner, and Bejun Mehta as the amorous artist, the world premiere production of Written On Skin was a wild success, declared by ecstatic music critics to be the “best opera written in the past 20 years.” (Renaud Machart, Le Monde July 9th, 2012) This filmed version of Written On Skin captures that world premiere performance at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

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Casting

  • George Benjamin | Music director
  • Martin Crimp | Libretto
  • Katie Mitchell | Stage director
  • Vicki Mortimer | Costumes, Scenography
  • Jon Clark | Lighting
  • Christopher Purves | The Protector
  • Barbara Hannigan | Agnès
  • Bejun Mehta | Angel 1 – The Boy
  • Victoria Simmonds | Angel 2 – Marie
  • Allan Clayton | Angel 3 – John
  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Program

  • George Benjamin, Written on Skin
    • Part I: Shatter the printing-press. Make each new book a precious object written on skin.
    • Part II: Who is this woman? The one they say taunts me and say screams out from a secret page.
    • Part III: If this is Paradise, says Agnès, then where is Hell?

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Corentin Leconte
  • Venue: Aix-en-Provence Festival (Aix-en-Provence, France)
  • Production date: 2012
  • Duration: 1 h 42 min
  • Production: © Bel Air Media, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR
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