A must-see cutting-edge work, combining classical, medieval and modern elements, led by renowned conductor Nicole Paiement!

January 25. 28*. 30 at 7:30 pm
February 2 at 2 pm

*Tuesday 18-34 Years Old event

Preview

Language: 
English (Subtitles : French & english)
Duration: 
1h35
Intermission: 
0

Summary

“(…) The best opera written over the last twenty years.” – Le Monde

“We could not suppress the vague impression of having attended the birth of a masterpiece.” – Le Figaro

“One of the defining works of the 21st centuty.” – The Guardian

Written on Skin, a leading 21st century work, widely acclaimed in the world’s greatest opera houses, comes to the Opéra de Montréal stage on January 25 in an all-new production, the work’s Canadian premiere. The opera’s composer, George Benjamin, who studied with the great Olivier Messiaen, has been called “one of the most formidable composers of his generation” by The New York Times. A unique musical event—buy your tickets now!

PREOPERA TALK
Some keys to better appreciate the performance, one hour before curtain time, given by musicologist Pierre Vachon. At the Piano Nobile of Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at the Place des Arts.

18-34 YEARS OLD EVENT
On Tuesday evening, an exclusive networking event at 18-34 before the performance.

Multimedia

Videos

Written on Skin - Philippe Dubuc

Designer Philippe Dubuc explains the artistic process behind the creation of Written on Skin costumes. 

Videos

Written on Skin - New production. Canadian Premiere

Videos

The composer George Benjamin about Written on Skin

Internationally renowned British composer George Benjamin tells the story of the composition of Written on Skin and how the work was prepared for the stage.​

Cast

Synopsis

  • Acte I

    A rich landowner invites an artist to his home, asking him to create a book of illuminations. The work’s images are to immortalize his merciless political power and the quiet enjoyment he derives from domestic order, as embodied by the humility and childish obedience of his wife Agnes. But the creation of the book becomes a catalyst for the wife’s rebellion. After a successful first attempt at seduction, she exploits her new-found intimacy with the illuminator in order to influence the very contents of the book, forcing her husband to see her as she really is—and thereby opening the door to an ultimate and extraordinary act of provocation.

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