Opera Philadelphia

Benjamin / Crimp

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Written on Skin

New Production & Philadelphia Premiere
Music by George Benjamin
Text by Martin Crimp
Performed in English with English supertitles
Opera at the Academy

A "must-see" hot ticket.—Opera News

"The work of a genius unleashed."—The New Yorker

"Anthony Roth Costanzo exists to transform opera."—The New York Times

Having confirmed its status as “one of the most progressive forces on the opera scene” (Opera News) with O17, the first edition of its new annual season-opening festival, Opera Philadelphia returns to the Academy of Music with the Philadelphia premiere of George Benjamin's modern classic hailed as the century's most successful new opera" (Financial Times), and “truly a 21st-century masterpiece” (The Times of London). Starring Lauren SnoufferMark Stone, and Anthony Roth Costanzo, Written on Skin is a “brutal and ravishing score” that will “eat your heart out” (NPR).

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Dates are Feb. 2018.

Fri, Feb 9 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 11 2:30 p.m.
Fri, Feb 16 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 18 2:30 p.m.

Approximately one hour and 35 minutes with no intermission

Production underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone and by the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Daniel K. Meyer, M.D.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
William Kerley
William KerleyDirector
Lauren Snouffer
Lauren Snouffer *as Agnès
Mark Stone
Mark Stoneas Protector
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Anthony Roth Costanzoas First Angel & Boy
Krisztina Szabó
Krisztina Szabóas Second Angel & Marie
Alasdair Kent
Alasdair Kentas Third Angel & John
  • Tom Rogers Set & Costume Design
  • Howard Hudson * Lighting Design
  • Amanda Consol Assistant Director
  • Lisa Anderson * Production Stage Manager
  • Jen Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • Gregory Boyle Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
George Benjamin

The Composer

George Benjamin

Born in 1960, George Benjamin began composing at the age of seven. From 1973 he had lessons with Peter Gellhorn, then in 1976 he entered the Paris Conservatoire to study with Messiaen, after which he worked with Alexander Goehr at King’s College Cambridge. Ringed by the Flat Horizon was played at the BBC Proms by the BBC SO under Mark Elder when Benjamin was just 20. Learn more about George Benjamin.

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