February 18, 2018 2:30PM
New Production & Philadelphia Premiere
Music by George Benjamin
Text by Martin Crimp
Performed in English with English supertitles
Opera at the Academy
A thrilling portrait of godliness and lust
A powerful land-owner, the Protector, commissions a young artist to create an illuminated manuscript celebrating his life and family. When a relationship develops between the Boy and the Protector’s wife, Agnès, she compels him to reveal their clandestine love within his illustrations. Both passion and violence erupt in the household; all the while, a mysterious cluster of angels watches the story unfold. Drawn from a 12th century legend but with a contemporary twist, George Benjamin's first full-length opera has received wide critical acclaim since its 2012 premiere. Now this thrilling tale, with a haunting text by Martin Crimp, makes its Philadelphia debut.
Production underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone and by the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Daniel K. Meyer, M.D.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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