In the organizer's words:
Based on a text from medieval sources, author Martin Crimp, composer George Benjamin and director Katie Mitchell succeeded in creating WRITTEN ON SKIN 2012, a sensational parable about identity, love and the power of literature and art ... Conductor: Marc Albrecht; Director: Katie Mitchell; With Mark Stone, Giorgia Jarman, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Irene Roberts, Chance Jonas-O'Toole and others.
Three angels look back from the present to that time when every book was a precious object written on "skin." Traveling to that era, one of the angels takes on the role of a young illustrator commissioned by the violent Protector to write a book on his merits. In the Protector's house he meets Agnès, his younger wife, jealously guarded by her husband. Agnès begins a love affair with the angel in artist's guise. The Protector discovers the two, kills the illustrator - and prepares a meal at which he serves his wife the heart of his lover.
Based on a text from medieval sources, author Martin Crimp, composer George Benjamin and director Katie Mitchell succeeded in 2012 with WRITTEN ON SKIN, a sensational parable about identity, love and the power of literature and art. The English and French press celebrated Benjamin's second opera to date; it won the International Opera Award in 2013 and the Critics' Prize of "Opernwelt" as the world premiere of the 2012/13 season. We are showing the original production for the first time in Berlin.
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