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CD672300 George Benjamin WRITTEN ON SKIN

CD672300 George Benjamin  WRITTEN ON SKIN
CD672300 George Benjamin WRITTEN ON SKIN
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CD672300 George Benjamin WRITTEN ON SKIN

George Benjamin, Written on Skin

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---Conducted by George Benjamin

Grand Théâtre de Provence

Aix-en-Provence, France

2012

In English with French subtitles

Opera in three parts, original text by Martin Crimp

A rich lord welcomes into his house the artist he has commissioned to complete a book of illuminations. This work, he hopes, will immortalise the ruthless practice of his political power and the calm contentment brought to him by domestic order, embodied in the humility and childish obedience of his wife Agnes.

However the creation of the book becomes a catalyst for his wife's rebellion. After a first successful attempt at seduction, Agnes uses her new intimacy with the illuminator to change the very content of the book and so forces her husband to see her as she really is. This opens the path for an extraordinary and final act of provocation.

Written on Skin, based on an Occitan legend from the 12th century and performed under the cold gaze of 21st-century angels, explores the explosive consequences of self-discovery and the limitations of the power that one human being can exert on another.

Commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

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