Inspired by the fast-moving scenes and vulnerable, complex characters of Elizabethan drama, this new opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp considers what space, if any, exists for love and human affection inside the dangerous machinery of power.
A king, compelled to choose between love and political hard-headedness, makes a fatal decision, allowing his country to slide into civil war, and setting his own wife and son implacably against him.
Lessons in Love and Violence is Benjamin and Crimp's third operatic collaboration, following Into the Little Hill and the critically acclaimed Written on Skin.
Lessons in Love and Violence
Opera in two parts
Composer: George Benjamin
Text: Martin Crimp
Publisher: Faber Music
The first performance will be at the Royal Opera House conducted by the composer 10 May 2018
Director: Katie Mitchell
Commission Co-commissioned and co-produced by the Royal Opera Covent Garden London, Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, Hamburg State opera, Opéra de Lyon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and Teatro Real Madrid
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