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Joel Kasow
Fanfare, July 2020

BENJAMIN, G.: Written on Skin / Lessons in Love and Violence [Operas] (Royal Opera House, 2013-2018) (NTSC) OA1309BD
BENJAMIN, G.: Written on Skin / Lessons in Love and Violence [Operas] (Royal Opera House, 2013-2018) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7271BD

An essential feature of both performances is the participation of Barbara Hannigan, whose every appearance is virtually a guarantee of distinction.

Both operas are also available on CD, but in performances recorded in other locations, perhaps a first for recent works. Few are the recently created operas that can withstand repeated viewing, but Benjamin easily joins a cohort that includes Péter Eötvös, Thomas Adès, and Philippe Boesmans, to cite composers still active. © 2020 Fanfare Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, January 2020

BENJAMIN, G.: Written on Skin / Lessons in Love and Violence [Operas] (Royal Opera House, 2013-2018) (NTSC) OA1309BD
BENJAMIN, G.: Written on Skin / Lessons in Love and Violence [Operas] (Royal Opera House, 2013-2018) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7271BD

Lessons in Love and Violence—a static drama about an enraged and enraging monarch and the bitter rivalries among his family and subjects—finds Benjamin and Crimp spinning their wheels, even with returning Skin collaborators: director Katie Mitchell and singers Barbara Hannigan and Stephane Dagout. Hi-def images and audio are first-rate… © 2020 The Flip Side Read complete review





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