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Work: Written on Skin

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ComposerBenjamin, Sir George (b. 1960)
PeriodContemporary
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Written on Skin: A modern operatic classic makes Berlin debut

Georgia Jarman © Adam Janisch
With a semi-staged production, directed by Benjamin Davis, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra has also been bringing George Benjamin's opera to concert hall audiences.
****1
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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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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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Signed off with an orchestral flourish: Written on Skin

Barbara Hannigan (Agnès) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Shorn of Katie Mitchell’s production and presented on the Barbican Hall’s stage with only the occasional prop, George Benjamin's modern masterpiece Written on Skin came across with even greater intensity.
*****
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Written on Skin: a primeval experience

First seen at the innovative, fearless Aix-en-Provence festival three summers ago, George Benjamin’s riveting, grisly Written on Skin has arrived in New York. 
*****
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