New George Benjamin opera ‘Written on Skin’ a great success at Royal Opera House

The latest opera by George Benjamin, Written on Skin, staged last Friday evening (8th March) at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden proved to be a fantastic evening and has subsequently received excellent critical acclaim:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/opera/9918522/Written-On-Skin-Royal-Opera-House-review.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/mar/10/written-on-skin-review?INTCMP=SRCH

The opera, which premiered at the 2012 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and is directed by Katie Mitchell, features two Ingpen artists Victoria Simmonds and Allan Clayton.

The story is a contemporary twist on a 12th-century Occitan legend about the troubadour Guillaume de Cabestanh.  Allan Clayton and Victoria Simmonds play the roles of the mysterious 21st-century angels who watch over the enfolding drama.

There are further performances at the Royal Opera House on 16, 18 and 22 March.  The opera will then go on to tour to several other opera houses in Europe including Theater an der Wien, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Opéra Comique Paris.