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Composer: Benjamin, George (b. 1960)

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Year of birth1960
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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AmsterdamLessons in Love and ViolenceNew Production

Lessons in Love and Violence
Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence
George Benjamin; Katie Mitchell; Dutch National Opera; Vicki Mortimer; Stéphane Degout; Barbara Hannigan

AmsterdamWritten on Skin

Written on Skin
Benjamin: Written on Skin
Lawrence Renes; Benjamin Davis; Georgia Jarman; Krisztina Szabó; Robert Murray; Audun Iversen

BirminghamNational Youth Orchestra of GB

Ligeti, Coult, Ravel, Benjamin, Scriabin
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; George Benjamin; Tamara Stefanovich

LondonProm 28: NYO perform Mussorgsky, Ligeti and Debussy

Mussorgsky, Benjamin, Ravel, Ligeti, Debussy
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain; George Benjamin; Tamara Stefanovich

AmsterdamRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra Horizon: Barcelona and Amsterdam

© Milagro Elstak
Ravel, Richter, Soler, Benjamin
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; George Benjamin; Bejun Mehta; Nederlands Kamerkoor
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Lessons in Love and Violence: ice and drama

Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Stéphane Degout (King), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's second full scale opera is a refinement of the craft showed in Written on Skin – but the lessons are less in love and violince than in power, tension and beauty of the score.
****1
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Mirga's Debussy Festival in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducting the CBSO's Debussy Festival © Andrew Fox
With concerts and recitals imaginatively programmed, this second weekend in the CBSO's Debussy Festival was a model of how to make classical music accessible to the widest possible audience.

Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin

Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Written on Skin is a cold but effective opera full of musical and dramatic energy. Opera Philadelphia's new staging and talented young cast do it justice.
****1
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The French Connection with the Boston Symphony

Andris Nelsons © Marco Borggreve
Andris Nelsons' program pays homage to two touchstones of the French repertory with the Boston Symphony: Henri Rabaud and Pierre Monteux.
****1
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A grisly love triangle: Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan as Agnès, Iestyn Davies as the Boy © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
The Royal Opera's first revival of George Benjamin's medieval shocker is characterised by stellar singing performances, notably from Barbara Hannigan and Iestyn Davies.
****1
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