14th February

Concert will begin at 18:30 hours GMT

Benjamin's 'Written on Skin' with Ramgobin, Jarman, Mead, Simmonds and Sharratt from Paris

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Présences Festival. Benjamin's 'Written on Skin' is an opera to a libretto by Martin Crimp, based on a legend of the troubadour Guillaume de Cabestanh; the story is also repeated in The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio. The action takes place in 12th-century Provence. The wealthy Protector pays the Boy to create and illustrate a manuscript about his family. The Boy and the Protector's wife Agnès are attracted to each other. The Protector murders the Boy and forces Agnès to eat the Boy's heart. Agnès commits suicide. 'Angels' comment throughout on the action from a modern-day perspective. Performers:

Ross Ramgobin: The protector.
Georgia Jarman: Agnès.
Tim Mead: Angel 1, the boy.
Victoria Simmonds: Angel 2, Marie.
Nicholas Sharratt: Angel 3, John.

Philipp Alexander Marguerre, glass harmonica. Romina Lischka, viola da gamba. Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Conductor: George Benjamin.


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