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OCTOBER 19-22, 2017
Written on the Skin
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK; LSO St. Luke’s, London, UK;
Mariinsky Theatre, Russia


  • October 19, 2017
  • October 22, 2017
  • 07:30 PM
  • 09:00 PM


  • Cambridge, UK , LSO St Luke’s, London, UK, Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg,


  • GBP 30

Lauren Fagan Agnès
Ross Ramgobin The Protector
Patrick Terry The Boy/Angel 1
Bethan Langford Marie/Angel 2
Nick Pritchard John/Angel 3

Oliver Zeffman conductor
Melos Sinfonia

Jack Furness director
Martin Crimp text

For British perfectionist George Benjamin (1960-), a student of Olivier Messiaen, Written on Skin was his first full-scale work for theatre. The opera was commissioned by Bernard Foccroulle, Director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival. He asked Benjamin and the playwright Martin Crimp (1956-) to select a plot connected with Provence, and Martin's elder daughter sought out a local legend of the 13th century – about a heart that is eaten.

The opera, completed and staged in 2012, has enjoyed a happy fate. The first production, staged at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, was created by Katie Mitchell, the composer himself was conducting and the roles of the protagonists were performed by Barbara Hannigan, Bejun Mehta and Christopher Purves. The opus was immediately considered to be a masterpiece. One year after the premiere the production was moved to Covent Garden and the Opéra Comique, and it was recorded and released on video. Last spring, Mitchell's production was brought to Moscow, while in St Petersburg Benjamin's opera will be presented in concert by a young cast of performers from Great Britain who have been invited to the festival International Conservatoire Week.

OCTOBER 19, 2017
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, UK
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OCTOBER 20, 2017
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's
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OCTOBER 22, 2017
Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia
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