A new contemporary opera by composer George Benjamin and OP playwright Martin Crimp (1968-1974) ’Written on Skin’ which premiered in Aix-en-Provence last year, is currently receiving its first UK performance at the Royal Opera House in London until 22 March.
Described as ‘a quietly radical masterpiece with a long, long life stretching ahead of it’ (classical-music.com), the story Crimp tells is of a powerful man, the Protector, who commissions an illustrator, the Boy, to paint a book about his life. His seemingly submissive wife, Agnès, is sexually attracted towards the Boy who reciprocates. The Protector finds out and as the story unfolds towards its violent and shocking conclusion the audience becomes increasingly unsure who is manipulating whom as the drama explores the themes of identity, sexuality, creation and destruction and the power of memory to change and distort.
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