Written on Skin
A thrilling portrait of godliness and lust comes to life in this modern operatic masterpiece.
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This show closed on February 18, 2018
Drawn from a 12th century legend but with a contemporary twist, George Benjamin's first full-length opera has received wide critical acclaim since its 2012 premiere. Now this thrilling tale, with a haunting text by Martin Crimp, makes its Philadelphia debut in its first new U.S. staging.
A powerful landowner, the Protector, commissions a young artist to create an illuminated manuscript celebrating his life and family. When a relationship develops between the Boy and the Protector’s wife, Agnès, she compels him to reveal their clandestine love within his illustrations. Both passion and violence erupt in the household; all the while, a mysterious cluster of angels watches the story unfold.
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1hr 35min (no intermission)
Appropriate for age 16 and up (parental guidance until age 18 recommended)