George Benjamin’s critically acclaimed debut full length opera – Written on Skin – will be in London for just another few days.
Despite opening up at the Royal Opera House earlier this week (March 11th), the production will only be in situ until March 22nd, so people haven’t got long to catch a performance of it.
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Upon its world premiere at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence last year, the production received a standing ovation and in its short time at the Royal Opera House, it has also received high praise.
Indeed, the Guardian effusive in its praise of the show and of Benjamin’s work: “Even the greatest opera composers tend to have a few early attempts that get swept under the carpet. George Benjamin, however, seems to have come to opera with his genius fully formed.
“Written on Skin is his debut full-scale opera and it is nothing short of a triumph. As soon as it had finished, I wanted to hear it again.”
The story draws on a 12th century Occitan legend about the troubadour Guillaume de Cabestanh, but its enduring themes of love, passion and violence are given a truly contemporary twist, making this a hugely unique show.
Tickets for the performance are bound to be at a premium but people can still gain admission from as little as £55, while the best seats in the house will cost just £65.
Finding the venue shouldn’t provide any issue for visitors as it is situated in Covent Garden, so people can roll straight off the Tube and head into the theatre.