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Written on Skin - inside rehearsals (The Royal Opera)

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Published on Feb 28, 2013

Playwright Martin Crimp, Soprano Barbara Hannigan and Baritone Christopher Purves introduce the themes in Written on Skin. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/wri...

Watch: George Benjamin on composing Written on Skin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp6uM...

Written on Skin draws on a 12th-century Occitan legend about the troubadour Guillaume de Cabestanh. The story's enduring themes of love, passion and violence are given a very contemporary twist: mysterious 21st-century angels watch over the enfolding drama, while Mitchell's inventive staging combines ancient and modern elements. Benjamin harnesses an array of diverse instruments -- including glass harmonica, cowbells and mandolins -- in a strikingly beautiful and rich score, complemented by Crimp's poetic text.

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