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Written on Skin at Royal Opera House

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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A Contemporary Medieval Opera

If ever I hear about a new opera being performed, I automatically assume it is a reproduction of a composition by some 18th century classical composer. I think that is probably the case with a lot of people - we see opera as a historic art form. But that is far from the truth. There are many contemporary operas being composed today and they are just as powerful and inspiring as the ones written by the greats from the classical era.

Written on Skin is a dark and passionate tale composed by George Benjamin. It is a Medieval tragedy set in 13th century france about a young troubadour who is commissioned to tell the life's story of a filthy rich land owner known as The Protector. At first The Boy works painstakingly hard on this extravagant illuminated book, but when he catches the eye of The Protector's wife, his story can only end one way.

First performed in 2012 to a libretto by Martin Crimp, it was an award-winning success. The director Katie Mitchell is now bringing it back to the stage of the Royal Opera House between the 8th - 22nd March. Tickets start from as little as 3, with the best seats going up to 65.
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Why? Something new and modern
When: 8th - 22nd March
Phone: 44 (0)20 7240 1200
Where: Royal Opera House
Cost: 3-65
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