Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence DVD (The Royal Opera)


  • George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s second full-length opera – following the acclaimed Written on Skin – draws on the reallife relationship between Edward II and Piers Gaveston to explore how personal relationships can have fatal political consequences. The King lives in a close but uneasy relationship with his wife Isabel, their two children and his lover Gaveston. When the King banishes his military advisor Mortimer, he sets off a chain of devastating events.
    Benjamin’s richly-orchestrated score perfectly captures the
    drama’s intense emotions, while director Katie Mitchell provides a visually stunning contemporary staging, highlighting the timelessness of the opera’s main themes. The composer himself conducts a superb international cast. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.

    King: Stéphane Degout
    Isabel: Barbara Hannigan 
    Gaveston/Stranger: Gyula Orendt 
    Mortimer: Peter Hoare 
    Boy / Young King: Samuel Boden 
    Witness 1/Singer 1/Woman 1: Jennifer France 
    Witness 2/Singer 2/Woman 2: Krisztina Szabó 
    Witness 3/Madman: Andri Björn Róbertsson
    Orchestra of The Royal Opera House
    Conductor: George Benjamin
    Stage Director: Katie Mitchell

    Extras: Clemency Burton-Hill interviews George Benjamin, Martin Crimp and Katie Mitchell / Cast Gallery

  • Picture: 16:9
    Sound: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Digital Surround 5.1
    Format: NTSC
    Region code: 0 (worldwide) 
    Running Time: 93 mins
    Year: 2018