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This show closed on February 18, 2018

About Written on Skin

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.

Run Time

1hr 35min (no intermission)

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Appropriate for age 16 and up (parental guidance until age 18 recommended)

Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music

240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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