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Work: Lessons in Love and Violence

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ComposerBenjamin, Sir George (b. 1960)
PeriodContemporary
Year2018
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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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.
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Lessons in Love and Violence für den politischen Alltag

Barbara Hannigan (Isabel) und Stéphane Degout (King) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
George Benjamins neue Oper beschreibt eindringlich einen durch Liebe hilflosen König – Hannigan und Degout füllen die tiefgründige Musik mit hingebungsvollem Emotionsspiel.
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