The Royal Opera - Written on Skin Reviews
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Written on Skin

The Royal Opera

No. of reviews: 19

Serenading the future
22 Mar 13 / The Economist
A brilliant collaboration cooks a mediaeval love story into a crisp modern fable
17 Mar 13 / Independent on Sunday
En piel y con sangre
16 Mar 13 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
An impressive coming together of words, music and theatre
15 Mar 13 / The Opera Critic
Simplicity masks a wonderfully rich opera
15 Mar 13 / The Jewish Chronicle
Wife Hannigan eats lover’s heart in ‘Written on Skin’
13 Mar 13 / Bloomberg
An enigmatic, strange, but nonetheless effective twenty-first century operatic achievement
13 Mar 13 / Musical Criticism
A riveting evening
12 Mar 13 / Independent
Whether the piece possesses sufficient clarity or focus to remain in the repertoire seems uncertain
12 Mar 13 / The Stage
George Benjamin’s orchestra is rich with percussion and sundry antique exotica
12 Mar 13 / Evening Standard
A triumphant work that carves out a unique place in modern opera
12 Mar 13 / Financial Times (via Google)
An impressive production of a stage-work whose very real qualities can hardly be gainsaid
11 Mar 13 / Classical Source
In its glacial beauty, Written on Skin grabs the senses but not the soul
11 Mar 13 / What's on Stage
Weird and wonderful
11 Mar 13 / The Guardian
As Agnès, Barbara Hannigan is brilliantly striking
11 Mar 13 / Music OMH
After a long run of mediocrity at the Royal Opera, what joy to encounter something as enthralling and enchanting as this
11 Mar 13 / Telegraph
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House played their socks off under the composer’s baton
10 Mar 13 / Opera Britannia
A heavenly tale that gets under the skin
9 Mar 13 / Independent
New George Benjamin opera is skin-deep
9 Mar 13 / The Arts Desk
Soprano Barbara Hannigan: 'Where's the crazy stuff?'
Singing and conducting while dressed as an S&M police chief? Well, the Canadian soprano, currently starring in the Royal Opera House's Written on Skin, does like to take risks …
A landmark in British opera
With George Benjamin's Written on Skin, British opera takes a bold step into the future.
Production details
Purves, Hannigan, Mehta, Simmonds, Clayton
(c) Benjamin (d) Mitchell
Performance dates
8, 11, 16, 18, 22 March 2013
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