LESSONS IN LOVE AND VIOLENCE

  
PRESALE TICKETS
20/01/2021
GENERAL PUBLIC SALE
27/01/2021

A new opera by George Benjamin, interpreted by stage director Katie Mitchell

Lessons in Love and Violence is the second opera by the George Benjamin-Martin Crimp partnership. Based on medieval sources, it relates the all-consuming relationship between Edward II of England and his lover Piers Gaveston, which disrupts court life and the political well-being of the country, showing us the fatal political consequences personal attachments can have, for the King's also has a close but troubled relationship with his wife Isabel and his two children.

The lessons in composition and musical analysis which Benjamin received from Messiaen taught him the importance of rich orchestration, rhythm and colour. This highly imaginative score captures to a tee the claustrophobic, sensuous atmosphere and the intense emotions of the drama. Director Katie Mitchell offers a visually striking contemporary mise en scène, set in an ultra-modern Scandinavian castle.

With the support of:

OPERA IN TWO PARTS
Music by George Benjamin and libretto by Martin Crimp.
World premiere: 10/05/2018 at the Royal Opera House of London.
Spanish premiere.

  • Approximate running time 1h 30m

Artistic profile

Conductor
Josep Pons
Stage director
Katie Mitchell
Revival
Robin Tebbutt
Coreography
Joseph Alford
Set design and costumes
Vicky Mortimer
Lighting design
James Farncombe
Video Design
Charles Carcopino
Production
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real Madrid, ROH, Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam), Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra de Lyon and Lyric Opera of Chicago
Symphony Orchestra of the Liceu Opera Barcelona

Cast

KingStéphane Degout
GavestonDaniel Okulitch
IsabelGeorgia Jarman
MortimerWilliam Burden
Boy / Young KingSamuel Boden
GirlOcean Barrington-Cook
Witness 1 / Singer 1 / Woman 1Isabella Gaudí
Witness 2 / Singer 2 / Woman 2Marta Fontanals-Simmons
Witness 3 / MadmanToni Marsol

February 2021

26Friday20:00Turn PB

March 2021

1Monday20:00Turn G
4Thursday20:00Turn B
7Sunday17:00Turn T
9Tuesday20:00Turn A
11Thursday20:00Turn CAD