Medici.tv Presents World Premiere of WRITTEN ON SKIN Today, 7/14
Today, July 14 at 10 A.M. EDT, medici.tv presents the world premiere of British composer George Benjamin's opera WRITTEN ON SKIN, recorded live at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence last weekend. The opera stars bass Christopher Purves, soprano Barbara Hannigan, countertenor Bejun Mehta, mezzo-soprano Victoria Simmonds and tenor Allan Clayton, with the composer conducting.
WRITTEN ON SKIN is Benjamin's first full-scale opera, following his 2006 chamber piece Into the Little Hill. Taken from a 12th-century French legend of lust, betrayal and murder, with an original text by Martin Crimp and featuring the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Written on Skin garnered high praise after its world premiere last weekend; the Financial Times noted the "atmospheric, descriptive, sensual and evocative" score and concluded, "With so much invested by so many, it is just as well the piece succeeds. And it does… the piece is superb," while Renaud Machart of Le Monde asserted, "It is the best opera written in the last twenty years." Written on Skin was commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and is a co-production between the festival and the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London and the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
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