New opera by George Benjamin announced by The Royal Opera

The Royal Opera has announced the world premiere of George Benjamin’s new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence. The production will be his third collaboration with playwright Martin Crimp and will run in May 2018, with all performances conducted by George.

A co-production with Dutch National Opera, Hamburg Staatsoper, Opéra de Lyon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Real, George’s new opera is inspired by the fast-moving scenes and vulnerable, complex characters of Elizabethan drama, and considers what space exists for love and human affection inside the dangerous machinery of power.

British director Katie Mitchell returns to work with George, having directed world and UK premieres of Written on Skin, as does designer Vicki Mortimer. The cast will feature Stéphane Degout, Barbara Hannigan, Peter Hoare, Gyula Orendt, Samuel Boden, Jennifer France, Andri Björn Róbertsson and Krisztina Szabó.

Director of The Royal Opera, Kasper Holten, commented on George’s new work: “I am truly grateful that George, together with Martin Crimp is writing the next major opera for us at Covent Garden … I think they have found an extraordinary subject and given it a treatment that feels deeply original and should make for an evening of exciting music theatre.”

Read the full press release here, and discover performance dates on the Royal Opera House website.

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