Opera Philadelphia–earning accolades as “one of the most progressive forces on the opera scene” (Opera News) with the first edition of its annual season-opening festival O17–has exciting productions in the works.
Written on Skin: First New U.S. Staging in Philadelphia
The first is George Benjamin’s Written on Skin (2012) in its first new U.S. staging in Philadelphia. The premiere is an original treatment from director Will Kerley, starring Lauren Snouffer, Mark Stone and Anthony Roth Costanzo under the leadership of Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris in four performances at the Academy of Music (Feb. 9–18, 2018). Since its 2012 premiere at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, Benjamin’s first full-length opera has been recognized with honors including an inaugural International Opera Award.
Haunting Libretto and Legend With a Contemporary Twist
Set to a haunting libretto by playwright and regular Benjamin collaborator Martin Crimp, Written on Skin depicts a powerful landowner, the Protector, who commissions a young artist to create an illuminated manuscript celebrating his life and family. When a relationship develops between the artist, or Boy, and the Protector’s wife, Agnès, she compels him to reveal their clandestine love within his illustrations.
Written on Skin is drawn from a 12th-century legend but has a contemporary twist. For more information, see Opera Philadelphia.